Kentucky Man Charged in Horse Abandonment Case

Chuck Borell was charged with 43 animal cruelty counts; a warrant has been issued for the arrest of his daughter Maria.

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A Kentucky man is facing multiple charges for allegedly abandoning more than 40 horses on a Mercer County farm. Meanwhile, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of his daughter—a Breeders’ Cup-winning Thoroughbred trainer—in connection with the same case.

Earlier this month, Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) investigators responded to a call about a herd of horses residing on a Mercer County farm. Further investigation revealed that the horses, which were mostly Thoroughbreds, met the criteria for being abandoned.

Of the 43 horses on the property, six horses were determined to be in need of an elevated level of care and were relocated to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington. The remaining 37 horses continue to receive care from a team of volunteers.

On June 29, following a joint investigation by the KDA and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, Chuck Borell was arrested in connection with the horses’ alleged abandonment

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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