Smithfield Farm on Sandwich Road, East Falmouth, is under investigation by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after photos were shared and numerous comments made on social media.
“The MSPCA can confirm that it visited Smithfield Farm on August 20, 2019, and has opened an animal cruelty investigation,” said Rob A. Halpin, director of public relations for the MSPCA.
Mr. Halpin would not provide any additional information regarding the investigation, but said an update will be forthcoming.
The Falmouth Police Department accompanied the MSPCA at the farm.
“The MSPCA went there and called us, asking us to accompany them,” Falmouth Police Captain Jeffrey Smith said. “It is not something we are investigating. We just stood by while they were there.”
Located at 809 Sandwich Road, Smithfield Farm is a an equestrian center that breeds, trains and showcases the American Paint Horse. The farm was established in 2000 and is owned by Janice Foster.
The pictures were shared on Facebook by Anne Jennings of Serenity Farm in East Falmouth. Ms. Jennings, who boarded a horse at Smithfield Farm approximately a decade ago, did not take the pictures.
“The animals come first for me,” Ms. Jennings said yesterday. “When I saw the pictures, knowing what I know, I couldn’t take it any more. It is really sad to see.”
She said several people reported the farm to the MSPCA after the photos were shared on Facebook.
“I don’t want her to lose her business at all, I just want the animals fed,” Ms. Jennings said. “If anything, now maybe they’ll get fed, if nothing else.”
Ms. Foster did not return a call for comment.