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Police Charge Farm Owner, Son, Worker With Animal Cruelty

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Police say the owner of an eastern Kentucky farm, his teenage son and a hired hand have been charged in connection with horses found dead and malnourished.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the three are charged with 21 counts each of misdemeanor animal cruelty in connection with 11 dead horses and 10 in poor health that were found at the Rowan County farm.

Authorities have been told that farm owner Don Miller had been critically ill for at least the past year. Detective Gary Lanham of the Rowan County Sheriff's Department says Miller's son was directed to take care of the horses, and Bryan Simpson would take care of them one or two days a week. The son's name hasn't been released because he is a juvenile.

An attorney could not be located for Miller or Simpson.

Lanham says that according to statements, the teen and Simpson knew of the horses' bad condition, but did not tell Miller.

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