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Nearly 60 Animals Removed From Va. Stable

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Nearly 60 animals were removed from a Prince William County stable after authorities found poor living conditions that included feces-covered stalls and improperly disposed of carcasses.

Prince William County Police said Animal Control officers and a veterinarian inspected Cross State’s Stable in Bristow earlier this month after receiving a tip about poor animal care at the facility.

Authorities said the stable lacked adequate food and water for the animals, had feces-covered stalls, and contained dirty water bowls. Officers also said they found numerous animals in poor condition and in need of medical care, as well as dead animals and animal parts that were disposed of improperly.

A total of 59 animals were removed from the stable, including 18 sheep, eight rabbits, six goats, four dogs, two horses and one bull calf. They are being cared for by the Animal Control staff. Officers said some small animals were euthanized due to their poor health.

Police arrested 58-year-old Larry Sams and charged him with 57 counts of animal cruelty. Carolyn Sams, 33, also was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. Both are due in court in June.

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