Horse rescue farm owner charged with animal cruelty

Debra Densmore, 55, the owner of a Tunbridge animal rescue farm, has been cited for cruelty to animals and violating state law regarding shelter to animals following a state police raid.

At 10 AM on June 17, a warrant was executed at a residence on Monarch Hill Rd. in Tunbridge. The warrant was granted after the Vermont State Police received an email from the United States Humane Society. Someone who volunteered at the Hoofbeats and Dreams horse rescue barn made a complaint to the humane society who then notified state police.

Police discovered that animals on the property were not being housed or cared for properly. During the execution of the warrant, 13 horses, one mini mule, one llama and six dogs were seized on the two-acre property. With the assistance of the Dorset Equine Rescue, Owner of the Hooved Animal Sanctuary, Agency of Agriculture, a local large animal veterinarian and other community members, the animals were removed from the property and will wait to find their forever home, state police said.

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