Woman faces embezzlement charges after animal cruelty investigation

Woman faces embezzlement charges after animal cruelty investigation
Anne Williams, aka Anne Goland (Source: Orange Sheriff's Office)
Anne Williams, aka Anne Goland (Source: Orange Sheriff's Office)

ORANGE, VA (WWBT) - An Orange County Grand Jury indicted a woman on 13 felony counts of embezzlement stemming from an animal cruelty case at Peaceable Farms.

Anne Shumate Williams (also known as Anne Goland) was indicted on Monday following a nearly five-month investigation after seven horses were found dead at the farm in Somerset in October. She was arrested in Culpeper on Wednesday and is being held at the Central Virginia Regional Jail without bail.

Investigators and veterinarians were on the property for several days last fall evaluating every horse and several animals.

After the discovery of the dead horses, dozens of animals were surrendered at the farm, including 71 horses, 28 cats and seven dogs, Orange Sheriff Mark Amos said.

According to NBC29 in Charlottesville, Williams also faces 27 charges of animal cruelty. A previously scheduled trial has been continued to later in the year.

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