As law enforcement authorities continue to look for a fugitive Kentucky trainer, the 43 horses that were allegedly abandoned still need care. It’s no surprise that during the 18th annual National Farriers Week that hoof-care practitioners are stepping up to lend a hand.
Dozens of the horses on the Mercer County, Ky., farm that the Borell family leased were having their feet tended to Tuesday, July 12. Volunteer Mary Ann Kelley has seen the horses at their worst. Now, she’s seeing them with life back in their eyes.
“I joked with the horses and told them they were getting pedicures,” Kelley told WKYT-TV. “Some liked it, some did not.”
For Duane Raglin, who’s been shoeing horses for 22 years, it’s important to help.
“I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the best horses in the business,” he says. “That doesn’t matter ... every horse counts and we try to do as much as we can for every horse.”
The horses also received vaccinations from a veterinarian.
Police have issued a misdemeanor warrant for Maria Borell, who is wanted on 43 counts of animal cruelty. However, a misdemeanor warrant cannot be served outside of Kentucky.
Chuck Borell, Maria’s father, has been arrested on 43 counts of animal cruelty.