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Horses Taken, Vets Cite Abuse over 2.5 Years

Officials with the Humane Society of Washington County filed criminal charges against a woman for animal abuse on Friday.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - Officials with the Humane Society of Washington County filed criminal charges against a woman for animal abuse on Friday.

Field Service Officer Crystal Mowery filed charges for animal abuse and neglect against Kimberly Cook.

Cook had three horses and two were removed from her care at the beginning of June.

Mowery says this comes after years of complaints against Cook. They say people would call the Humane Society to report the horses looked thin.

And Mowery went on to say three vets all agreed, the horses that were removed were not healthy, and Cook, apparently knew she needed to fix the issue back in 2011. They say, she even signed an agreement stating she would provide the horses with 24/7 access to feed, which they say she broke within a week.

"And I made it very clear to her the day that she signed the contract that by state law, her horses were in a seize-able state at that time she was signing the contract, but we were once again going to give her one more chance, but it would be the only chance because this has been going on for two and a half years," Mowery said.

"The veterinarian for the Humane Society happened to be in that area on June 5. Drove by there, and noticed five days after the contract was signed, there was no hay, again," she said.

"The third horse did not have a body score under three, it was actually over three. And with the amount of hay being provided, it was not enough for three horses. It would have been sufficient enough for the one," Mowery said.

One of the horses remains with Cook, the other two horses are at Days End Farm.

Officials with the Humane Society say, they hope to gain full custody of the two horses through District Court hearings.

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