Owner of 'Land of Little Horses' issues statement after public outcry
The owner of a local horse farm in Gettysburg is fighting back after a social media post accusing the farm of neglect starting circulating on social media.
The Land of Little Horses is an "interactive, hands-on, performing animal theme park," according to their Facebook page.
Over the weekend, a Facebook user posted pictures of animals at the Land of Little Horses farm, writing, "Having been taken over last fall by different folks, the ponies and horses have gone thru a winter of pure Hell.! All ponies and horses are starved, skinny and mange/Lice ridden (see pictures)."
The post shows photos of a horse that appears to be starving, with it's ribs poking out. It also includes other photos of animals from around the farm.
The original post has more than 5,000 shares and hundreds of comments.
Following the backlash, the owner of 'Land of Little Horses' sent CBS21 this response:
"We thank all those concerned about our animals, especially those who provided support and encouragement as we faced recent negativity on Facebook.
As we have throughout our lives and since we have acquired the park, we continue excellent animal care and husbandry. With respect to the recent issue, out of our heard of almost 50 horses and many other animals there was a major concern for one animal. We have worked closely with a veterinarian, the SPCA, and animal experts to ensure her well being.
We are pleased to share with the public the following information provided to us by the Adams County SPCA after a site visit made to the park this morning:
‘After today’s inspection we are pleased to report, with continued care, a significant improvement has been noted in all the areas of concern except a recent leg injury, requiring stall rest (per Vet) for Jingles.’ A complete report can be found at the Adams County SPCA Facebook page.
We are looking forward to a wonderful season!"
In a press release posted on the Adams County ASPCA Facebook, the Humane Officer and Shelter Manager Abigail Avery said,
"There are approximately 150 animals residing at the Land of the Little Horses so it’s not feasible to provide every specific detail of each animal, particularly during an open investigation. However, given this situation creating so much concern with members of the public, we felt it was our responsibility to reassure the community that we are handling the situation appropriately. Always making the well-being and safety of animals our passion and upmost priority.
After today’s inspection we are pleased to report, with continued care, a significant improvement has been noted in all the areas of concern except a recent leg injury, requiring stall rest (per Vet) for Jingles."