Two people charged in horse neglect case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Two women face animal neglect charges in Lexington. Investigators say they were not properly caring for five horses. Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control took the horses from two different farms in the city.

"You know what, it's time to say enough is enough now let us take over," Officer Timothy Brown, with Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control, said.

At two horse farms across town he says they've seen enough.

"When we feel like we have to step in it's something that is pretty severe, you know?"

Brown says a number of calls came in, all with the same tone. A handful of horses were pulled from the farms.

"They seen everything from skin issues, under weight," he said.

WKYT asked and we're not able to show any pictures right now because the investigation isn't over.

"Owners were given chances to correct it, however they did not."

The owners he's talking about are Agnes Krug and Tres Delaforce. Each faces animal neglect charges.

"Investigators got called out to two different addresses, one on South Yarnallton and Athens Walnut Hill."

WKYT stopped by both places and asked they give us their side of the story. Krug told us she didn't want us on her property. We left Delaforce a voicemail and haven't heard back.

Officials say Delaforce isn't unfamiliar to animal neglect, that she was a complainant just last year when Mercer County investigated the neglect of 43 horses.

As for this investigation, it's ongoing. We're told the cross-town cases may somehow be linked.

Brown said, "We are safe to say that they are somewhat connected. We just don't know the relationship between the two."

As the investigation continues Animal Care & Control is taking care of the thoroughbreds. It's not clear if the horses will go back to their owners. That'll be decided in court.

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