Man accused in horse abandonment case relinquishes rights to horses

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Chuck Borell
Chuck Borell, charged with 43-counts of animal cruelty after horses found reportedly neglected on Mercer County farm

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (AP) – Mercer County Court says that Charles “Chuck” Borell has relinquished all rights to the 42 horses he was accused of abandoning.

There were originally 43 horses, but one had to be euthanized due to its poor health.

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Out of the 42 that remain, some will be returned to their original others, while the rest will be adopted or sent to senior farms.

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9/30/16 11:13 a.m.

A man in Mercer County will not serve jail time after accepting a plea deal on charges related to the abandonment of 43 horses.

Media outlets report that 69-year-old Charles “Chuck” Borell entered an Alford plea Thursday to nine of 43 misdemeanor counts of second-degree animal cruelty, meaning he didn’t admit wrongdoing but accepted that there is sufficient evidence against him for a conviction.

The other 34 counts of animal cruelty were dismissed. Borell will serve two years of probation and forfeited rights to all 43 horses that were seized.

Police arrested Borell in June after investigators found 43 abandoned and emaciated horses on a farm leased by Borell.

Borell’s daughter, horse trainer Maria Borell, is wanted on the same charges. She hasn’t been arrested because she left the state. It’s unclear if Maria Borell has an attorney.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.