Man Charged After Discovery Of Dead, Starving Horses

Police in Rockcastle County are investigating after the discovery of dead and emaciated horses.

Kentucky State Police say they received a complaint on Tuesday afternoon about the animals on a farm on Robinson Cemetery Road.

Police say they found five dead horses and 21 others in bad physical shape when they arrived at the farm.

The owner of the farm, 54-year-old Jerry Campbell, has been charged with 21 counts of 2nd degree cruelty to animals.

Police say it looks like Campbell was trying to care for too many of the animals at once.

Police also blame last year's drought and the hay shortage as factors in the problem.

The Rockcastle County Animal Shelter is accepting donations to help care for the animals.

You can mail donations to the shelter at:
Dee Hollow Road
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456.


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  • by hb Location: rockcastle on Apr 29, 2008 at 08:25 PM
    This goes to concerned, what can UNITE do about a shooting? UNITE is not the law. Another thing, have you ever had a family member gunned down in rockcastle? Well I have and the law does not protect the victims or the families. The law here protects the criminals. Here the law dont care about a shooting, but don't drink a beer of smoke a joint cause you will go to jail for that. I agree with the post made by cm, worry about someone's life instead of a horse!!!!! Put the criminals in jail not some man that's trying to get a horse back to health.
  • by Kathy Location: London on Apr 21, 2008 at 11:55 AM
    I know Jery and HE is taking care of these horses. He is feeding these horses, no one else is. He buys the feed and he feeds them just like he always has. If he hadn't taken in these horses they would all be dead today. Yes a few of them unfortunately did die but that was because of the shape they were in when he took them in, not because of anything he did or did not do. A few of you are saying you would take in one or two of the horses, well there our plenty of these poor horses out there that people are dropping off at the stock sales and leaving so go get one of them and when your neighbor or someone driving by happen to see the horses on your property and turn you in for animal cruelty you will be in the same shape that Jerry is in now. He is just trying to help these animals out and you people who don't know him have no right to say the things you have said about him. If more of you were like Jerry then the world would be a better place.
  • by Concerned Location: SE KY on Apr 21, 2008 at 08:42 AM
    I applaud the job of the Rockcastle Sheriff's department and the concerned citizens that made the call and are making calls on abused animals and children. I don't want it, we're glad you don't. Sounds like you don't need it anyway. Blah blah, blah, sounds like you're the whiner. Probably us concerned citizens will be the ones to take care of them. Why don't you put some money where your mouth is and donate to the court system for the care of these horses? CM, if your so concerned about the shootings, why don't you join UNITE and make a difference. Law enforcement needs help from concerned citizens not gripes, and if people would act like they have some sense, there wouldn't be a need for Law Enforcement. But unfortunately, people don't know how to act.
  • by Angie Location: Hyden on Apr 19, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    I don,t understand why anyone would have that many horses anyway they kno they can,t take care of all them right it,s just cruel to let them stand there and starve how would people like if they had someone taking care of them and just let them set there with no food or water it would be cruel these horses didn,t deserve this if they are pend up in a lot they can,t fend for their selfs. myself if i knew who to contact i would take one of the horses myself and take care of it if anyone kno,s a number where i could call please post it.
  • by I don't want it! on Apr 18, 2008 at 06:13 AM
    You got a thin horse you can't feed and want to give away? I don't want it. I'll just feed it, vet it, and then get turned in for neglect because I have a thin horse on my property. No way would I accept a thin horse! And anybody that does is just asking for trouble.
  • by cm Location: rockcastle on Apr 17, 2008 at 08:52 PM
    Rockcastle law officials needs to be more concerned on the shootings in the county instead of a horse that someone is trying to get back to health.
  • by Anonymous Location: Ky on Apr 17, 2008 at 04:34 PM
    Zeke why don't you report those 18 horses?
  • by blah blah blah Location: eastern ky on Apr 17, 2008 at 02:30 PM
    all the people that are whining over this abuse as it is called why dont you all adopt the animals pay for the feed and vet bills that go with theses things but as weak minds forget last year it was dry that means no grass or hay but sitting in the house under air condition people didnt notice or maybe weak minds forgot go through a farmers life theses days theres not much money out there to feed a family best solution just shoot them dont starve them most wont agree with that but its quicker than starvation an should be the owners right not a bunch of whiners that are not footing the cost
  • by Larry Location: London, Ky. on Apr 17, 2008 at 12:16 PM
    Mr.SR, The horses had only been there a short time and yes he had been feeding them on a regular basis to try and nurse them back to health. The sole reason they were there in the first place was to try and get them healthy again so they would not have to be put down. I don't know what you know about horses but you can not make a poor horse 100% healthy overnight, it takes time, which is what he was trying to do in this case. Don't be fooled by everything that you read or hear in the media my friend, Jerry has not even been charged yet, and probably will not be. Jerry was only helping these animals, I know this for a fact.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2008 at 10:20 AM
    These horses have not been starved. They did not die from malnutrition. One of them drowned in the pond over the winter. What about "Abortion" what are they doing to unborn babies..Isn't that inhumane.
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