Abused Horses Returned To Owners

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For more than a month Kim Hurst helped nurse dozens of malnourished horses back to health. But now, the Jessamine County Humane Society president is frustrated some of those animals are back with their owners.

We first told you about the raid at a Jessamine County farm back in March. Animal control officers seized 74 horses found in poor condition. Twelve days ago a judge allowed the farm owners to take 25 horses back a move that outraged the Jessamine County Humane Society.

"We took care of these animals for 30 days and spent thousands of dollars on them, then their owner's came in and just took the one's they wanted," said Kim Hurst.

Hurst admits it is becoming extremely difficult to find the funds to take care of the animals. They are still caring for six horses from a previous case.

"We just need some help, we can't continue to take on more animals without it," Hurst said. She goes on to say the real problem is irresponsible breeding and poor management.

"We've known for sometime the horse market isn't good, so if you can't afford to care for the animals you have, why would you continue to breed," Hurst said.

Hurst says the owners took 24 of the 74 horses, "They took the cream of the crop and left the county with the financial burden to find a home for the remaining horses," Hurst said.

The owners, who declined comment, were charged with 74 counts of animal cruelty. However, the courts said if the horses that were returned to them remain in a healthy state after one year, those charges will be dropped.

The Jessamine County Humane Society says a few years ago they faced a similar crisis and donations were five times more than what they've received this time.

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