Bill Brubaker | The Washington Post
March 03, 2008
14 Seized Horses Transferred
Fourteen of the 48 malnourished and diseased horses seized by Loudoun County officials in January have been transferred to a rescue group in southern Virginia, authorities said yesterday.
The thoroughbreds were seized from a Middleburg area farm after they were found severely underweight and without drinking water. The Loudoun Department of Animal Care and Control has been caring for the horses with help from other county agencies and dozens of volunteers.
The 14 horses were transferred yesterday and Friday to Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue, a nonprofit group based in Hardy, Va., authorities said. Loudoun officials had earlier found homes for several other horses, leaving fewer than 30 at the county shelter in Waterford, spokeswoman Laura Rizer said.
A Loudoun grand jury recently charged Dennis B. Danley, a horse trainer who worked on the Middleburg property, with 48 counts of animal cruelty. Danley has said the horses were in good condition, with plenty of food, the last time he saw them.