Over 80 animals have been taken from Peaceable Farm, a 501(c)(3) animal welfare charity based in Virginia, specializing in horse rescue. Ann Goland, the CEO of the nonprofit, turned over 71 horses to authorities, but refused to sign over 10 additional horses that the investigating vet stated required immediate, emergency medical care. The 10 horses were seized, and of those, 5 had to be euthanized. An additional 7 horses were found dead on the farm. The farm has retained ownership of 18 horses and 2 donkeys. The number of starving animals found on the farm is inconceivable to all who have been there.
With yearly donations in excess of $1,000,000 a year to the rescue, many are wondering where all the money has gone. The last available 990 form, the yearling filing requirement with the IRS, shows no compensation for anyone other than $160,000 in contract labor. It does show over $410,000 in feed costs, which seems excessive for the number of animals at the farm.
The mission statement of Peaceable Farm reads:
At Peaceable Farm, our mission and our passion is to save as many horses (and other animals) as we can from unnecessary and cruel slaughter. We purchase at auction horses that otherwise would be bought by slaughterhouses in Canada and/or Mexico, where they are inhumanely processed and then shipped out for both human and animal consumption. Many of these horses are beautiful Thoroughbreds disposed of because they do not generate sufficient revenues, while many others are magnificent old work horses discarded by their owners after lifetimes of hard work and service. The USDA estimates that between 100,000 and 150,000 horses are slaughtered in this way each year.
Invariably such horses have health problems and are underfed, so we rehabilitate them with medical care, food, shelter, and love, and then seek to find good homes for them. For those we cannot place, we keep them in comfort and security so they can live out their days in peace and dignity. We have also saved a number of mules, donkeys, cats, and dogs, among other four-legged friends (and some two-legged chickens!). These are all animals that people have abandoned, and they are unable to take care of themselves.
For those animals found starving, Peaceable Farm has been anything but peaceable.
Original Story and Pictures: NBC 29Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773
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