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Farm owner faces animal cruelty charges

ORANGE (AP) Authorities say the owner of an animal rescue organization faces animal cruelty charges in connection with the neglect and mistreatment of dozens of animals.

Orange County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dana Wheeler said Monday that Anne Goland of Peaceable Farms in Somerset was arrested on 27 counts of animal cruelty. Goland was being held without bond at the Central Virginia Regional Jail.

Last week officials said seven horses were found dead during a search of the farm and five others had to be euthanized.

Attorney Thomas Purcell said Goland was doing everything she could to take care of the animals. Purcell said Goland had recently divorced her husband, who helped fund the farm, and was trying to take care of the animals with little financial and staffing help.

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