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Cross States Stable owners charged with five dozen counts of animal cruelty

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Based on a tip from neighbors about starving and mistreated animals at the Bristow, Va. farm of Larry Sams, called Cross States Stable, a search warrant was executed on Thursday, and the Prince William County Police Department along with other agencies seized 59 animals reported the Washington Post.

Sams, 59, was previously convicted of "inadequate care of agricultural animals" in 2012 and 2013; Sams still operated the farm and old auction house located on Nokesville Road.

With one observer calling the place a "hell hole for animals," authorities removed four dogs, one of which was running around in circles trying to bite his behind, and another dog whose leg was so swollen, the animal could hardly stand. Also seized were two horses living in stalls in disgusting conditions filled with manure and urine, one cow, and 52 other small rabbits and sheep.

In the back of the farm, Sams sold animals to people for religious sacrifices. Authorities found an area behind the barn filled with animal body parts that had been improperly discarded.

Some of the smaller animals had to be humanely euthanized, and were found starving, emaciated and in desperate need of medical care. One horse had an open gash and infected wound; another horse is pregnant and due to deliver soon.

Most of the animals that have survived are being fostered or being cared for by the county shelters. Other horses on the property did not belong to the Sams, and their owners are currently being notified.

A June 3 court date is scheduled.

Rest in peace to all of the animals who didn't make it.

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