Animal control officials and police are currently looking for a Thoroughbred trainer they suspect has left several horses either dead or neglected in Clermont County near Cincinnati, Ohio.
According to a Cincinnati.com report, local animal control officials have been in contact with Chad Moore, 39, for several months regarding numerous reports of animal cruelty, death, and failure to return leased horses.
At least two horses were confirmed dead at the Moore’s farm and six other neglected horses, a donkey, and a pony, were taken by Animal Control and sheriff’s deputies to a nearby shelter.
The property where the horses were found belongs to Moore’s parents, Robert and Anita. It was used by Chad Moore to train and board horses for outside clients, according to Chief Animal Control Officer Debra Wood.
Police said Moore vacated the premises and left the horses behind, perhaps to avoid several other unrelated legal problems. Neighbors claimed Moore had not been at the farm for more than 60 days when a warrant to search the farm was finally signed Dec. 28.
A Clermont County animal control spokesperson said it's too early to determine what charges will be filed. Attempts to reach Moore were unsuccessful.
A trainer listed as Chad Moore on equineline.com has saddled 17 winners from a total of 149 starters from 2004-2009, for career earnings of $108,517.
Moore, who is also listed as the owner of several of his horses, has trained at such tracks as River Downs and Beulah Park in Ohio; Turfway Park and Churchill Downs in Kentucky; and Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia.