Horses found neglected, malnourished in Boyle County

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BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – According to animal control, 18 horses were found neglected and malnourished at a Boyle County farm.

There is a warrant out for the woman who investigators say is responsible.

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The county’s Judge Executive says state police received a complaint about a dead horse on Friday.

The Department of Agriculture and the county’s animal control got involved.

Investigators say all the horses were found without food, water, and were living poorly in a barn. A couple of horses were found dead inside the barn.



“Some of the areas of the stalls were well over anywhere from knee high to waist high to where they have not been cleaned out in a long time,” said Jacob Wardrib, Animal Control Officer.

Jacob Wardrib with animal control says at the farm they found two horses dead, one horse was euthanized on Monday, and another horse was euthanized on Tuesday.

“I was just appalled,” said Howard Hunt, Judge Executive.

Judge Executive, Howard Hunt says the person who lived at the farm and cared for the horses was renting the property.

“My sentiment is whatever they do to animals they should be done to them,” said Hunt.

Hunt says the community is stepping up to help and has offered food, transportation for the horses, and stalls.

The horses are still at the farm and a veterinarian is doing blood tests to make sure the horses are healthy enough to be moved.

Once the tests come back, Hunt says they’ll do their best to move the horses to a foster farm.