Neglected, malnourished horses? Follow these steps.

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Photo: Kentucky Equine Adoption Center

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Equine Adoption Center is providing steps to follow if a horse is suspected of being improperly cared for.

The organization says the tips are in response to the large number of calls it has received after 18 horses were found neglected and malnourished at a Boyle County farm.

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The Advocate-Messenger reports 47-year-old Melanie Logue has been charged in connection with the crime.

If anyone observes a horse being neglected, the center says to follow these steps:

1. Contact your county animal control or sheriff’s office. If you have any pictures of the conditions that the horses are in, provide those photos. However, do not enter private property without permission.

2. When animal control investigates, they are going to look to see if the horses have adequate 1) water, 2) food and 3) shelter.

3. If animal control states that they can only deal with small animals, you can let them know that there are equine rescues in Kentucky who can assist with care and placement of the horses.

Note: Kentucky Equine Adoption Center says it can only take horses whose ownership can be fully transferred at the time of surrender. It says it cannot take horses pending any kind of legal decision.

4. If local efforts fail, the Office of the State Veterinarian can be contacted at (502) 782-5901. The first question they will ask is if local authorities have been contacted. They have equine/large animal investigators who will work with local authorities to investigate the situation.

The Kentucky Equine Adoption Centers says to reach out with any questions.