Dead, Neglected Horses Prompt Investigation In Eastern KY

An animal abuse investigation is underway in Leslie County after four horses are found dead, several others in bad shape.

Police are searching for the man they say left the horses locked in a pen near the Cutshin community. Investigators say the horses had no food.

The Leslie County sheriff says several other horses found still alive may not survive the ordeal.


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  • by ANONYMOUS Location: LESLIE COUNTY on Mar 28, 2008 at 04:19 PM
    A lot of the fact's in this case is totally wrong.The horses was in a pasture with a pound they had access to to water,grass, hay&grain.Lot of people like to talk when they really know nothing or facts.I've seen the horses few days before this happened and around 1st of January 2008. All looked in fairly good shape 2 was kindly under weight but not in danger.Fact their are horse around here that are a lot worse off than these was or are,from some of the other horses I've seen every one is going to be in trouble.Lack of hay and hi prices are hurting horses every where as well as hi grain prices.Know a few people who are talking bad of this man but their horses are worse off than these where,you know who you are.I can not stand it when some one downs some one but does the same them selfs.we all could do better by or horses meaning more cool water in summer we are in cool, drinking what we want, but water once twice/day.We all could do better so lets not down others with out facts.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2008 at 02:50 PM
    Anybody who think that horses can take care of them selfs is dead worng. Horses cant care for them selfs if the horse is hurt or something like that. I is a sad sham people take horses can fend for them selfs and take care of them selfs is sorry
  • by Mr. Ed on Mar 3, 2008 at 12:10 PM
    If you learn to talk, they take care of you.
  • by Horse Lover Location: Leslie County on Mar 3, 2008 at 08:28 AM
    I know for a fact that one set of those bones were not old bones. That horse died in January 2008 and it was alive in November 2007. It was a young colt. I have pictures to prove otherwise.
  • by Andy on Mar 3, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    It doesn't matter whos dying weather it be a horse or a person in Kentucky as long as the boss Hoggs are happy.=Turn the horse's out, they will fend for them self.They have lived on grass for millions of years, and can agian.Let them go!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Brad Location: Lexington on Mar 3, 2008 at 01:56 AM
    Lock him in a pen and not feed him so he can see how it feels.
  • by Farmer Location: Perry.Co on Mar 2, 2008 at 10:39 PM
    If Willie Madden did this and let them horses die his job should be taken. I have 18 horses and would never let this go on at my place.
  • by unknown Location: seky on Mar 2, 2008 at 09:03 PM
    The police are not serching for this man, he contacted the sheriff the folowing morning to find out what he needed to do.He had not got home from work yet when the police were at his home. This is only a class A misdemeanor, a 500 dollar fine.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2008 at 08:21 PM
    boohoo
  • by Unknown Location: Leslie on Mar 2, 2008 at 12:11 PM
    I just want people to get some facts straight on this matter. The horses were not locked up in a pen, they were in a pasture. Due to the severity of the drought and many farmers know this, it has been difficult. There is some forage in the pasture. Two horse were in rough shape, the others were not. As for the four horses found dead, these were old bones over years. Many were bleached and old. They did not search for this man, he was home and relinquished his horses over to another. He has also been in contact with the proper authorities. He is trying to do what is right, but like many farmers who have had a hardship this past year due to drought we can't hang everyone unless we get all of the facts.
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