Mercer County neglect case

TRF: Horses From Mercer County Abandonment Case Recovering Well

It never ceases to amaze how quickly mistreated horses can make a full comeback with patience, care and a whole lot of love. This has been true ever since the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launched its Second Chances Program at the Wallkill Correctional Facility in New York back in 1984. That program has expanded to nine […]

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KY Legislators Express Concern About Making Animal Cruelty A Felony

Kentucky legislators let it be known that they have reservations about passing stronger penalties for animal cruelty despite of the recent case involving 43 neglected and abandoned horses found on a Mercer County farm. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that lawmakers on the Subcommittee on Horse Farming heard from E.S. “Rusty” Ford, equine programs manager for the state Department […]

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Court Rules Borells Have No Claim To Mercer County Horses, Animals Released For Adoption

Charles and Maria Borell no longer have legal claim to the 43 horses found abandoned at a Mercer County, Ky. farm they leased, according to a circuit court ruling this week. Mercer County Circuit Court Judge Darren Peckler ruled that 36 of the abandoned horses can now be adopted out to permanent homes, ending a […]

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Inspired By Borell Case, Volunteers Launch Non-Profit For Horses Seized In Neglect Investigations

In the wake of a large-scale animal neglect case centering on Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Maria Borell and her father Charles, Fox Hill Farm announced the formation of a new non-profit to help Kentucky horses from neglect situations. In a statement released on the stable’s Facebook page, Fox Hill racing assistant Victoria Keith wrote The Equine Sanctuary […]

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Charles Borell Enters Alford Plea; Will Serve Two Years Probation In Animal Neglect Case

Charles Borell was back in Mercer County Circuit Court Thursday morning, where he entered a guilty plea in the Mercer County animal cruelty case. WKYT reports that Borell appeared before a judge and entered an Alford plea – which means that he doesn’t admit to committing the crime, but “concedes there was enough evidence to convict him in […]

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State Officials File Suit To Negate Borells’ Ownership Claim On Mercer County Horses

A lawsuit has been filed in Mercer County Circuit Court against Charles and Maria Borell by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Mercer County Fiscal Court, asking that the fiscal court be named the legal owner of 43 horses the state veterinarian’s office said in June were abandoned at a Mercer County farm, reports bloodhorse.com. […]

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Charles Borell Offered Plea Deal In Case Of 43 Abandoned Horses

Charles Borell has been offered a plea deal on 43 counts of animal cruelty related to abandoned horses found on a Mercer County, Ky. farm. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, details of the plea were not disclosed by Mercer County Attorney Ted Dean following a pretrial conference held Thursday. Borell did not attend the conference. If […]

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Last Horses In Borell Case Moved From Mercer County Farm Into Foster Care

The last of the horses at the center of an ongoing animal cruelty case involving Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Maria Borell and her father, Charles, have been removed from the Mercer County, Ky., farm where they were deemed abandoned earlier this summer. WKYT reported last weekend that the final eight horses remaining on the property off […]

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Chuck Borell Pleads Not Guilty To Animal Cruelty Charges

Larry Catlett, attorney for Charles “Chuck” Borell, entered a plea of not guilty to 43 counts of second-degree animal cruelty in the Mercer County District Court on Monday, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader. Borell was charged in June, when the horses were found to be abandoned on a Mercer County farm. State officials noted that three […]

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Rehabilitating Hooves After Long-Term Neglect Takes Thoughtful Approach

The most important challenge facing caretakers of horses from long-term neglect situations like the one we’ve covered recently in Mercer County, Ky., is restoring their health. When it comes to their hooves, horses may face a long road to recovery. Farrier Thad Gouge cares for the neglected feet of horses taken in by the Kentucky […]

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