Judge Peckler's ruling notes that Charles Borell relinquished his ownership claims in the horses in connection with an Alford plea of guilty to nine counts of second-degree animal cruelty on Sept. 29 in Mercer District Court.
State and local officials have filed a lawsuit seeking the 43 horses determined to be abandoned in June at a Mercer County farm to rule that the horses are owned by Mercer County Fiscal Court, not Charles and Maria Borell.
As volunteers continue to care for 28 horses apparently abandoned at a Central Kentucky farm, one of two individuals charged with animal cruelty in connection with the incident is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday, Aug. 1.
A Kentucky Department of Agriculture council will consider changes to the law that would allow local officials to more quickly take possession of horses when they are determined to be abandoned.
The task of identifying horses allegedly abandoned on a Central Kentucky farm continued this week, with The Jockey Club representatives taking DNA samples that have been sent to a laboratory for analysis.
Thoroughbred Charities of America announced that LNJ Foxwoods has established a fund to benefit the horses abandoned in Mercer County, Kentucky.
A day after 43 charges of second-degree animal cruelty were filed against Charles Borell and his trainer daughter Maria, investigators with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture continued to work on identifying and locating owners of the horses.
Officials with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture on June 29 charged Charles "Chuck" and Maria Borell with 43 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals in connection with the abandonment of horses in Central Kentucky.
As additional supplies arrived, some of the 43 horses abandoned on a Kentucky farm were relocated to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation facility near Lexington.
The first wave of outside assistance has reached Karachi Race Course in Pakistan. On July 1, the Associated Press reported 250 abandoned horses were at the racetrack and had not moved since it closed in March. Many of them were not being cared for at all. On July 9 a veterinarian from a branch of Brooke Hospital arrived at the racetrack to supply aid.
More than 50 horses have already died since the track in Karachi, Pakistan, was closed in March over a dispute with the government about licensing fees. Out of more than 600 horses that were housed on the sprawling 250 acres of the Karachi Race Club, most have been taken to other tracks around Pakistan, but 250 have been abandoned by their owners and remain without food or care.
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