Charges Filed Against Owner of 31 Dead Horses

Wednesday was a busy day at the Rowan County farm where the bodies of 31 dead horses were discovered earlier. Department of Agriculture personnel arrived to take over the investigation and continue interviewing farm owner Don MIller who has been in failing health since undergoing open heart surgery.

Just before noon, a bulldozer was brought in to move earth over the the dead horses in a mass grave estimated to be some 16 feet deep.

Eugene Kinney from the Lewis County SPCA, the organization caring for the remaining horses on the farm, says, "It was a big grave. This is all what the Department of Agriculture requires, and they will be back to look at it."

The ten live horses found on the farm in what was first described as "very bad shape" are now all expected to survive. Kinney tells
27NEWSFIRST, "I've seen a lot worse."

The vet says they will get back on their feet, and I'd say in a week and a half or two weeks, they're going to be better."

Charges now have been filed against Mr. Miller for violation of state law regarding the disposition of carcasses. That's a misdemeanor, but additional charges could still be filed.

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  • by harry Location: paris on Apr 18, 2008 at 03:57 PM
    Im with virgil. Why dont everybody stop worrying about a dumb horse. People think animals lifes are more important than humans any more. I say kill all the horses.
  • by Sandy Location: Williamsburg on Apr 17, 2008 at 08:12 PM
    I have read all these comments, and I am very sad. I think humans have become irresponsible not only to horses, but to man-kind as well. We need to stop and think about what we are all doing. We all play a part in this. We need to be better educated in the caring and up keep of all animals, as well as our own families. Think about it. I have three children, five horses, three dogs and four cats. I know my limits, stay within it and make plans well into the future so that I don't have to worry if child or animal welfare will be checking on me. I also try to help others as much as I can. If we all started doing more, even just something small, I think we could turn this problem around. And don't breed horses so much, especially when you know the market for selling horses is really bad. The whole economy is bad and will get worse before it gets better. As I remind my children,I ask you also, to think long before you do anything, and always plan ahead, and be prepared for much.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2008 at 09:34 AM
    I am a horse lover. But to all the people that stand behind this man like he has doon nothing worng makes me sick. There would be comments posted on here about a child if you ever heard about it but for the most when a child is in harms way not being taken care of or something like that the person doing it is just not going to walking up to a cop or the news people and say hey I hit my kid I dont feed them and things like that. As far as this man gose he could be put in jail for what he has doon. There is no reason he could have gotten help all it would have taken is a call to the SPCA for help.
  • by blah blah blah Location: kentucky on Apr 11, 2008 at 04:07 PM
  • by Ashley Location: Owingsville on Apr 11, 2008 at 08:55 AM
    I have to agree with Deanne and her comment. We are all creatures of God and not one deserves to be treated inhumanely. For those of you who say they are just "horses", remember that those horses bring in millions of dollars every single year to our state and are the number 1 reason many people have jobs to put food on their tables!!
  • by ANIMAL LOVER Location: NEARBY on Apr 11, 2008 at 05:36 AM
    Virgil!! Get over it? Are you even human?I am somewhat familiar with what took place with these horses. It doesn't matter if a person is sick or not,he has family who could have helped out. And lots of neighbors who would have lended a helping hand during his time of need. I believe this is a "pride" thing on his behalf. Why invest you money in these lovely creatures just to kill them? Sell them, give them away, something other than let them lay and starve to death. I'm sure there are alot of little kids that would love to own a horese. It's just unbelievable that someone could be so cruel.
  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on Apr 10, 2008 at 08:18 PM
    No I am not heartless. Fact is Horses have been neglected before and will forever be neglected But it is also fact that the media has made people who's horses are showing a little rib and some mangy hair as abused animals. People could say that racing horses is abuse. Don't call me heartless for just having an opinion that isn't that of bluegrass gambling. Fact also is that people abuse their children everyday and kids go hungry everyday but there is no media coverage on that. WHERE IS IT. So excuse me for wanting HUMAN welfare taken care of before an Animal's welfare. Oh and if someone kicked my dog which I don't have they would not worry about the media or law covering that I would make sure they never even as much as thought about kicking my dog ever again and yes I am that big of a man to make that statement and make it stick
  • by Terry Location: Morehead on Apr 10, 2008 at 03:02 PM
    I have personally known Mr. Miller for many years. He is a stand up citizen and a great person. What we have seen is not the whole story. Do not judge people you do not know without finding out the full truth.
  • by ERICA Location: SOMERSET on Apr 10, 2008 at 12:06 PM
  • by deanna Location: lexington on Apr 10, 2008 at 09:49 AM
    I agree with John almost 100 percent. Stop the indiscriminate breeding of these animals. Breed organizations need to be responsible and set some standards for animals that are allowed to be bred based on earnings,performance, disposition etc. Stop encouraging breeders to use reproduction tactics such as recipient mares so your show horse can have 5 foals a year instead of just the one nature intended. Go to the racetracks right before winter...they can't give them away, yet big TB farms everywhere keep breeding them by the thousands every year. Do any of those "puppy mill" breeding farms take care of the horses once the check clears the bank? Only if they're getting paid back...where? the breeding shed. I love horses, always have and the thought of animals being abused in slaughter houses sickens me, just as much as watching them starve in a field.
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