Virginia Horse Rescuer Investigated for Animal Abuse after Dead

Anne Goland Indicted for Embezzlement Related to Horse Rescue

Originally published March 30, 2016

An Orange County Grand Jury indicted the former operator of a Virginia horse rescue on charges of embezzlement. The 13-count indictment was handed down against Anne Shumate Williams, also known as Anne Goland, this week.

Goland is accused of embezzling more than $80,000 from the now-defunct horse rescue, Peaceable Farm, according to Orange County Commonwealth Attorney Diana O’Connell. If she is found guilty, each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20-years.

Goland was arrested Wednesday in Culpeper and remains behind bars without bail. Authorities say they believe Goland is a flight risk. She is scheduled for a bond hearing on April 8.

The indictment states Goland “commit[ed] larceny in that she did wrongfully and fraudulently use, dispose of, or embezzle money, bills, notes, checks, orders, drafts, bonds, receipts, or other personal property, tangible or intangible, which she received by virtue of her office, trust or employment, or which was entrusted or delivered to her by another.” Her alleged crimes took place from October 2012 thru June 2015.

Goland was charged in October 2015 with 27 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals stemming from her alleged abuse of 10 horses, 10 cats, 5 dogs and 2 chickens. A total of 81 horses were removed from her Somerset horse farm turned animal concentration camp.

Goland is scheduled for trial for animal abuse in June.