Horse Owner Denies Allegations His Animals Are Starving

A central Kentucky man is fighting some serious allegations over how he treats his horses.

Bourbon County Animal Control officials say they're starving, but the owner, Charles Beall, says that's not the case at all.

Floyde Campbell, with animal control, says he took a tip that the horses were starving at a farm in Bourbon County. He says he's ready to take action.

"I'd rather get a hold of it right now and put a halt to it, so we don't have to worry about dealing with the problem here and out," Campbell said.

Campbell says the horses are malnourished. He also says some of them have a bad skin condition, and one is even missing an eye.

Beall admits his horses aren't in the best shape. But he says it's only because they're all nearly 30 years old.

"When they are 27 years old, they're like a person approximately 100 years old," Beall said.

Beall says the fact the county wants to take legal action against him comes as a surprise. But he says he'll fight any charges placed against him.

Beall has not been charged with any crime. But animal control officials say they're in the process of getting a warrant, so they can search the farm and seize the horses.

The Bourbon County Sheriff's Department has not been involved in the case yet.

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