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Trial set in horse neglect case
Trial date set for Orange farmer accused of neglecting horses and dogs

Date published: 8/22/2009


A judge has set an Oct. 16 trial date for an Orange County farm owner charged with neglecting her horses and dogs.

Nancy Sorrel Mackall made her first appearance in Orange County General District Court yesterday to answer the criminal misdemeanor charges which include 10 counts of animal cruelty and 20 counts of failure to bury or cremate dead animals.

Mackall entered no plea. She was accompanied by her uncle and attorney, Doug Mackall.

According to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Moore, the maximum penalty for each count of cruelty to animals is up to 12 months in jail. Charges of failure to bury or cremate dead animals are subject to a fine of no more than $250 for each count.

On Aug. 6, after being alerted by a neighbor, Orange County Animal Control officers visited Mackall's Langley farm and removed 10 horses and three dogs that were emaciated and without food and water.

Mackall had established the Polo Pony Retirement Foundation at one time and had taken in donated horses. According to acquaintances, she concurrently ran a breeding operation, but stopped all operations a few years ago.

Ten horses found on the farm were healthy enough to be moved to another farm, where they have been put up for sale. The emaciated animals have all been placed in foster care.

Robin Knepper: 540/972-5701
Email: rknepper@earthlink.net