SPCA looking for 'stable' homes for horses

January 27, 1997


Staff Writer

In addition to the usual dog and cat adoption forms on the counter at the Washington County SPCA, there's something new - applications for 12 horses in need of homes.

The horses, including 10 confiscated last October for malnutrition and neglect, were made the property of the county SPCA on Jan. 8 when their owner was convicted of animal cruelty in Washington County District Court.

Gerald W. Hubbard, 53, of 18128 Taylors Landing Road, near Sharpsburg, was given probation before judgment on 11 counts of animal cruelty.


"We spent $6,000 out of our general operating budget to pay for the care of these horses," said SPCA director Shelly Moore.

For that reason, the SPCA has turned over ownership of the horses to Day's End Farm in Lisbon, Md., where they are being nursed back to health, Moore said.

"We expect the horses to be ready for adoption in four to six months," said Diane Dennis, of Day's End Farm. They are still anemic, undernourished and too weak to be inoculated against diseases, she said.

Applications can be obtained at the SPCA or by writing to Diane Dennis, Day's End Farm, Box 309, Lisbon, Md. 21765.

Some basic rules will determine who can adopt the horses, Dennis said.

"The horses must remain in Maryland so we can have access to them for an annual inspection," Dennis said. Prospective owners must show they have some experience with horses.

She estimated the adoption fees would range from $200 to $800.

Hubbard not only forfeited all of the horses but he was barred from owning horses for three years, according to court records.

Animal control officers and a veterinarian removed the 11 horses on Oct. 11, 1996, from 17700 and 17702 Taylors Landing Road north of Sharpsburg in response to a complaint, court records said.

Moore said anyone wishing to help the SPCA defray the $6,000 expense for caring for the horses can make a tax deductible donation to the Washington County SPCA, Box 367, Maugansville, Md. 21767.

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