Starving Horses Rescued From Lee County Farm

It's a sight even police in one Eastern Kentucky county couldn't believe.
Seven horses, all starving, as their owner struggled to take care of them.
The horses all lived on a farm in rural Lee County.
Now officials are stepping in, hoping to save their lives.
All of the horses were kept in pastures with absolutely no grass in them.
They also had nothing to eat.
The owner says he's done his best to feed the horses when possible.
But recently, he says he's been in a spot where he wasn't able to buy feed for them.
Lee County Sheriff Donnie Hogan says he's not going to tolerate this kind of cruelty.
"I'm trying to get a point across to a lot of people that I'm not gonna tolerate animals being in such a shape as these are," Hogan said.
The owner of the horses refused to talk to 27 NEWSFIRST.
Sheriff Hogan says because drought was a factor, and because the owner agreed to give away all 7 horses to a Lee County feed store owner, he decided not to file any charges.
"I just wish he had called us a little quicker before they got in this bad a shape," Hogan said.


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  • by Juanita Location: Beattyville, KY on Jul 31, 2007 at 09:26 AM
    I just read the comment labeled Linda Black. I don't know who wrote it, but I don't believe it was Linda Black. #1 She is a very literate person. She wrote for a local paper for years. #2 She does not have any horses at present. #3 Linda does not have a huge farm. #4 You only ask for a first name and most people use a nickname or something, yet her full name is used. #5 Linda said she did not write it. Ms. Black is at present trying to do everything that she can to help us form an adoption plan for the stray animals of Lee County. Someone is trying to cause trouble and is signing someone else's name to it. SHAME ON YOU!
  • by Southerastern KY Location: KY on Jul 30, 2007 at 10:23 AM
    Why are you not posting the latest comments. I know that several people sent them from the local area and you never posted them.
  • by Animal Lover Location: Lee County on Jul 27, 2007 at 02:24 PM
    I know that letters are coming in from Lee County. Why are you not showing them?
  • by CitizenInterested Location: Beattyville on Jul 27, 2007 at 02:23 PM
    Law enforcement is at least making an effort to curb this abuse. It took a long time to get this bad, you can't fix it overnight.
  • by just me Location: Indiana on Jul 27, 2007 at 04:52 AM
    There is no excuse for this. Thats why slaughter needs to be okay. Too many horses means lower prices for us all to sell. What do you think they are doing in Texas? They are just turning them loose cause they can't sell or feed them!!!
  • by sierra Location: nicholasville on Jul 26, 2007 at 08:54 AM
    Animal cruelty and neglect has gotten out of control. Our laws are way too leinent for these criminals. I just found out this morning that Michael Vick can only get a maximum of 6 years if convicted in the dogfighting charges. That's outrageous! It's been shown that people who are violent towards animals are also likely to become violent towards people. The man charged with beating his lab puppy "Romeo" in Pulaski county can only receive a maximum 1 year in jail and $1000.00 fine, even though the attack was caught on video. It's unbelievable that humans have such a disregard towards other living creatures. If we continue this way we'll destroy this earth and everything on it including ourselves.
  • by ANGIE Location: PRESTONSBURG on Jul 26, 2007 at 07:08 AM
    I THINK THE OWNER OF HORSES PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE TO PUT HIM OUT IN A HOT PASTURE AND LET HIM GO WITHOUT FOOD AND WATER FOR A WHILE.. MAYBE THAT WOULD GET THE POINT ACROSS THAT YOU CAN'T STARVE ANIMALS AND GET BY WITH IT.. IF HE COULDN'T AFFORD THEM THEN HE SHOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN THEM OR AT LEAST GAVE THEM AWAY... NO EXCUSE!!!!!!
  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Jul 26, 2007 at 07:00 AM
    I hope these horses get good homes and plenty of food. There is no excuse for any living thing to be starved in this world with as much food as there is to be had.
  • by horse lover Location: east ky on Jul 26, 2007 at 05:36 AM
    This is rediculous! If this person could not feed these poor helpless horses,he should of gave them away,before starving them.He needs to be charged with animal cruelty!
  • by ozzee Location: London on Jul 26, 2007 at 05:22 AM
    He sould have been put in jail, and had to pay a big fine. He would have thought about doing something sooner. This is why people keep doing the thing they do over and over again they get by so they try it again. There is no excuss for starving some poor animal. I can't afford to 7 horses that's why I don't own any.
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