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Queen Anne's horse farm owner charged with animal cruelty

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The Queen Anne's County state's attorney's office has filed criminal charges against the owner of a Centreville horse farm from which 140 animals were seized in April.

Marsha H. Parkinson, 66, owner of Canterbury Farms, faces 35 animal cruelty charges of failure to provide adequate care for an animal, after the horses were taken from her Melfield Lane farm, according to electronic court records. Neither Parkinson nor Queen Anne's State's Attorney Lance G. Richardson returned calls seeking comment Tuesday afternoon.

The horses have been placed in various facilities across the state and are being treated under the direction of the Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine.

Caroline R. Robertson, volunteer coordinator and development director of the Days End Farm Horse Rescue, said the horses appeared emaciated when they arrived.

Only one of the surviving horses seized has been put down. The horse suffered from a tick bite and could not recover because she was too weak, Robertson said.

She said the other horses are recovering under rehabilitation plans created by Days End that detail veterinary care, feeding and other treatment.

The average recovery time for these horses should be between four and six months, Robertson said. "It really depends on the horse."

Parkinson's trial is scheduled for July 27.

Donations are being accepted by Days End Farm Horse Rescue at P.O. Box 309 Lisbon 21765 or the Humane Society of the United States at 2100 L Street, N.W., Washington 20037. Checks should be made out to "MD Arabian Rescue."

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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