Talbot horse farm faces 35 animal cruelty charges

Crowley Farm in Talbot County has drawn neglect complaints for 10 years

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comMay 20, 2013 

Once again a Talbot County horse farm is accused of neglecting its animals.

Talbot County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Guy Grimsley said John Weaver of Crowley Farm on Ga. Highway 208 has been charged with 36 counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor.

Grimsley said the sheriff's office received complaints from neighbors who said some of Weaver's horses were starving. The investigator declined to describe the health of the horses he saw, but said they were undernourished enough to warrant charges. Weaver had about 80 horses total, he said.

The horse farm has had issues dating back at least 10 years, to May 2003, when authorities accused Weaver of inadequately feeding three horses. On April 1, 2004, the farm was quarantined after horses there were found to have a contagious disease called "strangles," symptoms of which include a yellow discharge from the eyes and nostrils, swollen lymph nodes draining pus, fever, coughing, difficulty swallowing and lack of appetite.

In 2011, Crowley Farm again made the news as neighbors complained its horses remained underweight. State Department of Agriculture representatives said they repeatedly had inspected the farm and requested improvements in the horses' feeding and care.

Grimsley said no Crowley Farm horses have been impounded in connection with the current animal cruelty case. Accompanied by former Talbot Sheriff Bill Johnson, Weaver came to the Talbot Sheriff's Office Thursday to be arrested and post bond, Grimsley said.

He said Weaver's bonds exceed $50,000.

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