HAGERSTOWN - A 62-year-old former Sharpsburg woman who kept malnourished, injured and worm-infested horses on her farm now lives in North Carolina, where she is supervised by that state's Department of Parole and Probation, Washington County Court records show.
Officials seized 75 horses, miniature horses and donkeys from Barbara Perry Reinken's farm in December 2006. Four horses were euthanized and one died in transit, according to court records.
Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael called Reinken's situation an "animal hoarding" case.
Reinken entered an Alford plea in April to one felony count of animal cruelty and was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. She received additional 90-day consecutive sentences for 10 misdemeanor counts of animal neglect.
Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that the prosecution has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.