The Help Needs Help Caring For Neglected Woodford Co. Horses

Reported by: Aaron Adelson
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Updated: 4/04/2013 6:17 pm
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About a month ago authorities found more than a dozen dead horses on a Woodford County farm.  Cheryl Ford pleaded not guilty to 27 counts of animal cruelty. 

The county took many surviving animals from the farm including some horses. 

The Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KYEHC) got 6 horses from the farm.  It costs a lot of money to care for them.  Now, the help needs help.

Julie Cooper manages the barn at the KYEHC.  She says the horses arrived underweight and depressed.

"If you've seen a dog, say, that had been abused and it just doesn't really move much, and it won't look at you, that's sort of how they were," said Cooper.

It's Coopers job to make sure they get happier and heavier.

"I love taking a horse that maybe was not suitable for anybody, and making it suitable for somebody, and then finding it a perfect home.  That's what I like," said Cooper.

It's going to be a while.

"They'll be here for months and months," said KYEHC Executive Director Karen Gustin.

And it will cost a lot.  The Kentucky Equine Humane Center expects to spend $2,400 a month on Ford's horses.

"It's sad when you see a horse that hasn't been taken care of properly and they need help in order to be taken care of, so it's so sad.  I'm glad we're here, and I'm glad we can take care of these horses," said Gustin.

She hopes people will help, and log on to http://kygives.razoo.com/giving_events/ky13/home.  

April 24th is Kentucky Gives Day, and the non-profit hopes to raise $3,000, enough for half a year's worth of grain. 

The KYEHC adopts out all of the horses it rescues, and staff trains them for riding. 
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