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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  • by RR Location: Lexington on Apr 24, 2008 at 07:43 AM
    Everyone rest assured! The government is here to protect us.
  • by blah blah blah Location: kentucky on Apr 18, 2008 at 03:01 PM
    just donate the beast to a dog food company or something or if you see you cant take care of them just shoot them an get them out of their misery then the news media an whiners would have to find another cause to gripe over since starving people children arent important these days anymore
  • by sierra Location: Lexington on Apr 18, 2008 at 07:13 AM
    What is the matter with these horse owners? Did it ever occur to any of them that horses are expensive! And just like people as they age their physical needs change, often that means more visits with the vet, more medications and more care from their owners. It is the same with any pet; dog, cat, horse, when they become seniors they require more care and that is usually more expensive. And horses especially because they live much longer than cats and dogs. I know the price of horse feed has gone up but so has the price of groceries, does that mean these people have just quit feeding their kids as well? "Stupid is as stupid does" I guess.
  • by TRISHA Location: NE KY on Apr 18, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    Okay on behalf of my husband i am sending out this comment. animals are not supposed to be fat. A good hunting dog should look lean, you will actually see some rib, so His question is why the minute you see and animals ribs you are accused of starving and negleting it but if you can't see a woman's ribs she is fat and needs to lose weight?
  • by Empathetic on Apr 18, 2008 at 06:09 AM
    My old walking mare died last year of natural causes. I kept telling my husband I hope no one called the humane society on us because of how she looked. She had very few teeth. Her hair coat was bad. But she was dewormed regularly and ate the best hay and grain money could buy. She lacked for nothing including shelter and love. Fortunately, she was able to live her last days here on the farm. I didn't want to put her down because of just how she looked but we debated on it for fear that someone was going to eventually drive past the house and turn us in for neglect. Everyone that knew us, knew she was my old mare. But we still didn't want the hassle of having to defend ourselves.
  • by SR Location: Lexington on Apr 18, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    Oh heck, old age is just an excuse! These horses where starved and neglected and the so called owner should be held responsible .. Elaine: your comment on everyone needs to mind their own business, I guess that does not apply to you since you just had to throw your 2 cents in .. right?
  • by MOM Location: PARIS on Apr 18, 2008 at 05:47 AM
    Our animal control officer is not the brightest tool in the shed. I hope this owner forgives the county for hiring someone with lack of intelligence. All animals age differently. My horse died when it was 30 yrs old and was taken care of better than most people and you would have thought it was malnourished. Come on Bourbon County lets start hiring better quality.
  • by Elaine Location: London on Apr 18, 2008 at 04:52 AM
    Those horses don't look they are starving. He is exactly right when the horse gets older they do age just like people. Everyone needs to really mind their own business or focus on some other issues as to Child abuse, drugs in the community.
  • by Ridiculous on Apr 18, 2008 at 01:27 AM
    This is ridiculous. Charlie Bealls horses are old and suffer from skin conditions related to age that causes their hair to be long or even lose their hair. It's better for the old horses to have a retirement home than to be euthanized. Leave the old horses alone and let them live their last days on the farm and die a natural death.
  • by MARY Location: Ohio on Apr 17, 2008 at 09:24 PM
    I know that, that man is full of ___ I owned a 35 yr old mare. She taught my daughter how to ride and my daughter taught her how to barrel race. She (horse) never looked like that. She was fat and very healthy.
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