Horse Theft Charges Against Lawyer Dropped

Charges against a South Carolina lawyer accused of stealing a horse in Breathitt County, Kentucky, have been dropped due to lack of probable cause.

In December 2016, Curtis Bostic was arrested and charged with the unlawful taking of livestock for allegedly removing a horse from a Breathitt County property. 

Breathitt County, along with other eastern Kentucky counties, is home to a group of horses that reside and graze on coal reclamation properties. Some of those horses are abandoned while others are put out to graze and later reclaimed by their owners.

After being released on bond, Bostic said he was attempting to rescue a seemingly abandoned young horse that appeared to be too weak to withstand the winter.

Under Kentucky law, an individual can assume ownership of a horse residing on the reclamation properties provided the prospective owner works with the appropriate county and the horse is not claimed by an existing owner within 15 days.

On Monday, Bostic said he has leased the 4,000 acres of land on which the horses reside and is exploring the possibility of partnering with an existing equine welfare organization to make sure the animals receive appropriate care.

“Right now, I don't know what that (partnership) will be, but we want to see that the horses that need help get it,” he said. “We want to do the right thing.”

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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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