Woman charged in Orange County animal cruelty case blames financial problems

Woman charged in Orange County animal cruelty case blames financial problems

ORANGE, VA (WWBT) - The woman facing 27 felonies in an animal cruelty case in Orange County told her side of the story in court on Tuesday.

In court, 57-year-old Anne Goland explained financial troubles ultimately led to last week's discovery of numerous dead and sickly animals at the Peaceable Farm. She said her now ex-husband cut funding for the non-profit horse rescue in July of 2014. She said she continued to feed and care for the animals, while also working to find new homes. She claimed in court she was was no longer taking in rescue horses, a claim her neighbor disputed.

"During this whole summer, I saw horses, new horses, come in or horses that I hadn't previously seen," Doug Garner, who lives across from Peaceable Farm, said. "Most of them in very good condition."

81 living horses, plus dozens of cats and dogs were removed from the farm. More than a dozen horses remain on the property because the county has deemed them "too healthy" to seize. Goland said the only people who can care for them right now are her sister and a friend.

Her attorney argued she should be allowed to return to the farm, but that is unlikely to happen.

Goland is due back in court Wednesday morning at 9 for an arraignment.

She is still being held at the Central Virginia Regional Jail without bond.

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