Bar Harbor woman relinquishes future horse ownership



ELLSWORTH — The owner of the Humble Horse Farm has agreed to never again own or care for horses after reaching a consent agreement with the State Animal Welfare Program.

Sophia Johnston was charged with one civil count of cruelty to animals stemming from an incident on Oct. 16, 2014. The Bar Harbor woman reached a consent agreement with the state on May 19.

The state seized all 11 of Johnston’s horses last year.

“It mostly had to do with feeding and caretaking of the horses,” said Liam Hughes, director of Maine’s animal welfare program. “They were underweight and had foot issues. A few of them had medical issues that needed to be taken care.”

Hughes said the horses have been placed in new homes.

Ellsworth attorney Steven Juskewitch represents Johnston.

“She became physically limited,” which led to issues taking care of the horses, said Juskewitch. “She’s a responsible horse owner who ran into difficulties finding someone to take care of them.”

Johnston, 52, has also agreed to pay $12,000 in restitution to the animal welfare program, according to court records.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

Reporter and columnist at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Jennifer Osborn covers news and features on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington. She welcomes tips and story ideas. She also writes the Gone Shopping column. Email Jennifer with your suggestions at josborn@ellsworthamerican.com or call 667-2576.

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