Kentucky Horse Owner Pleads in Cruelty Case

A Kentucky man accused of maltreating horses on his Pendleton County property has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Pendleton County Animal Control Equine Investigator Scott Pracht said he responded to an anonymous complaint concerning a dead horse on a property near Butler, Ky., earlier this month. Upon investigation, animal control personnel discovered the remains of six horses on a property owned by horse seller and trader Larry Browning; further investigation revealed remains of a total of 49 horses.

Another 32 allegedly maltreated live horses residing on the property without adequate food or water, Pracht said. Acting on a warrant, Pracht subsequently removed 14 of the live horses; the other 18 horses remained on Browning's property.

Browning was subsequently charged with 14 counts of second degree animal cruelty, Pracht said. Each count carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $500 fine.

A Pendleton County Court Clerk's Office representative said Browning appeared in Pendleton County District Court on April 15, where he pleaded not guilty.

“(Browning) was also ordered not to take on any additional animals or horses while the case was pending,” the representative said.

Browning was unavailable for comment.

Browning is next slated to appear in Pendelton District Court on May 13, the representative said.

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Pat Raia

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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