42 Horses Abandoned
A Kentucky judge ruled Maria Borell and her father, Charles “Chuck” Borell, have no ownership claim to 42 horses abandoned in June.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Mercer County Fiscal Court brought the suit last month seeking ownership of the horses.
Judge Darren Peckler states the elder Borell relinquished his ownership when he pleaded guilty to 9 counts of animal cruelty.
The suit seeks a court order for the Borells to pay the more than $20,000 for the horses’ care. The agencies are also asking for interest, attorneys’ fees, and litigation costs.
The judge did not rule on that matter.
Authorities will return six horses to their previous owners and re-home the remaining 36.
A veterinarian euthanized one horse early this month due to a neurological disorder.
“Our paramount concern has been to ensure these horses will end up in permanent homes where they will receive the care they need,” said Rusty Ford, equine programs manager for the Office of the State Veterinarian.
The suit states Deputy State Veterinarian Bradley Keough visited the Borells’ leased farm on June 9. The vet evaluated the horses’ conditions and found little to no hay and no caretakers. He declared the owners’ abandoned the horses based on his observations.
An arrest warrant issued for Maria Borell for 43 counts of second-degree animal cruelty remains unserved. Borell is known for training Runhappy, the winner of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.