December 2014 Issue - page 9

December 2014
Page 9
Horses Bound for Florida
Seized in New Holland
the case was rescheduled. Martin
says the subpoena was mailed
to the wrong address, and Holt
never knew about the date.
Finally the case was heard on
November 5. Charlie Fisher was
found guilty of nine counts of
animal cruelty and transporting
disabled animals. Charges against
his wife Lori were dismissed and
charges against Sherwood were
withdrawn. Fisher was ordered
to pay $1,319 in restitution and
nine fines of $100 each.
Smith says that Fisher’s
punishment was far less than the
crime he committed. “I think the
good thing is the next time Fisher
decides to pull this stunt, he’ll
think twice.” She looks at this
case as a gauntlet thrown down
in the face of people who abuse
animals—particularly horses.
“Because there’s been so much
lack of regulation at sale barns,
I think this puts a signal out that
we’re going to find out about this.
Although I would have liked to
see much steeper fines.”
She believes that legislators
who ignore or excuse animal
cruelty and fail to address it with
tougher penalties cannot possibly
comprehend the horrific dimen-
sions of these crimes. “I was there
when those horses were dying.
Those legislators don’t have to
live with what we see every day.
I think it’s kind of a slap on the
hand, but the judge acted in accor-
dance with the law. I’m thankful
that he (Fisher) was found guilty,
because he could have walked.”
A New Life, a Bright Future
At Days End, it’s just the
beginning for Anastasia’s Ally.
DeEtte Gorrie says the mare has
gained weight and is responding
well to loving, compassionate
care. “She’s doing very, very
well, and is very near coming out
of her rehab program.” Once she
has completed rehab, Gorrie says
the mare will be made available
for adoption. “Once the horse is
up to a body condition score of
five, and has completed all the
treatment and care,” she explains,
“she goes into an evaluation with
our trainer.” During that evalua-
tion, which can last 30-60 days,
the trainers try to ascertain what
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kind of training the horse has had.
Often they also try to understand
what kinds of “jobs” horses might
be capable of, such as dressage,
or eventing or pleasure riding,
and they work on developing
those skills.
Gorrie says that all the
horses at Days End come from
authorities who have seized
them as a result of abuse and/
or neglect. The farm has been
operating for 25 years, and every
year on January 1, the horses that
have come in during the previous
12 months are renamed alphabet-
ically in the order of their arrival.
Gorrie says that when Anastasia’s
Ally arrived in July, they were
working on double letters.
Anastasia’s Ally nearly died
in the parking lot of the New
Holland sale barn. But she has
proved that compassion works,
and that when people don’t look
away from abuse, great things
can happen for animals.
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Anastasia’s Ally was emaciated upon arrival at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in July. She was the lucky
one of the three Arabians sold by a Mifflin County man, as the others, barely able to stand, were eutha-
nized within 24 hours. Charlie Fisher was found guilty of nine counts of animal cruelty and transport-
ing disabled animals, while charges against his wife were dropped and charges against Patty Sherwood
were withdrawn. Fisher was ordered to pay $1,319 in restitution and $900 in fines.
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