Sharpsburg Humane Investigation Continues
by Laurel Scott
No charges had been filed by press time in the case of the Sharpsburg woman on whose farm officials found dead and ailing horses in early December. The Washington County State's Attorney was awaiting the results of veterinary assessments before determining how to proceed in the ongoing investigation of possible neglect.
Of the remaining horses, 22 are still at Windrinker Farm as of this writing, but under the care of Miller and other animal welfare specialists. At press time, a search was underway to find a more appropriate place to house this group of horses, which officials stressed can be hard to handle. The rest of the horses have been sent to private farms, officials confirmed.
According to Kathy Schwartz of Days End Farm, her facility - which took nine horses from the Lusby case and 24 from the Sharpsburg case - is now caring for a total of 74 equines.
Although Days End is no stranger to these situations, impoundments of this size are both difficult and expensive; besides basic care, the horses often need deworming, dental work, and vaccinations, as well as additional veterinary attention and even surgery.
The new horses, whose health is suspect, must be quarantined from the farm's other residents. "We have foot baths set up throughout the farm, and we're not doing tours for adoption or regular tours," Schwartz reported.
Because this is a potential criminal case, Schwartz confirmed that none of the impounded horses can be adopted at this time.
HSWC officials asked that anyone who has had contact with Barbara Reinken over the last few years please contact their office at 301-733-2060, x237.
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