Target: Craig Stedman, District Attorney for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Goal: Ban owner sanctuary where several horses were reportedly found sick and malnourished.
The owner and operator of a purported equine rescue is facing several charges of animal cruelty after sick and neglected animals were reportedly found on her farm. The “rescue” was operated only on a Facebook page and was not registered as a nonprofit, unlike most reputable animal sanctuaries. Crystal Davis, the owner of A Life Saved is A Life Saved rescue group, was charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly failing to provide proper food, water, shelter, and veterinary care for the animals at her ranch.
Authorities had already been called to the rescue three times previously due to allegations of unhealthy and ill animals. A search warrant was recently served for the property, where authorities found and removed 10 horses. Most of the horses were classified as “thin” according to the Henneke horse body condition scoring system. Half of them suffered from pneumonia as well as anemia, a condition likely brought on by an inadequate diet. This includes a foal that was later hospitalized.
The owner of this sanctuary claimed to be equipped to take care of horses, however authorities say that the animals’ conditions only deteriorated while in her care. Since rescue, most of the horses have gained about 150 pounds, and are much healthier. Despite these glaring facts, Davis insists that she is helping the horses and has vowed to fight for the return of the animals in court. Sign the petition below to ask the prosecutor to seek a ban on animal ownership for Davis, thereby closing this questionable sanctuary.
Dear Mr. Stedman,
Ten horses were recently removed from a so-called animal sanctuary that operated only through social media and without a nonprofit status. Authorities allege that the condition of the horses within her care deteriorated over time. Five of the animals removed suffered from pneumonia as well as a anemia, a condition brought on by malnutrition.
Despite the fact that the horses’ condition improved quickly after seizure, the owner insists that she is qualified to care for the animals and has vowed to fight for their return. Should the animals be returned to her, they will be placed in danger of further health complications caused by malnutrition and untreated disease. We, the undersigned, ask that you seek to ban Davis from owning animals, thereby forcing her cruel sanctuary to close.
[Your Name Here]
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