BUTLER, Ky. (WCPO) – A Kentucky farm owner is facing animal cruelty charges.
Authorities found the carcasses of almost 50 horses scattered across the man's property in Pendleton County…and veterinarians say another 15 horses are in bad shape.
"They've charged me with abuse of horses, which is not true," Larry Browning said. "There was hay at that ridge at the time. Every neighbor will vouch for I feed my horses good. I don't know why you wouldn't feed them, because if you don't, you don't get anything for them."
So, how did they get there?
"People drop off a lot of thin horses there," he said. "I took in some horses from the animal humane society called Speak Up For Horses in '11 and ever since then, people think I'm a drop-off. They've dropped off horse after horse here, but they don't have anything else to do for them."
Pendleton County judge-executive Henry Bertram confirmed that country animal control officers went to the Browning Farm in 2011 on another report of possible abuse, but no charges were filed.
"I think it was 10 horses we ended up euthanizing out there," he said. "Actually, because of what he explained to us that time, we didn't feel we had a case that we could get against and again, we wanted to take care of the horses."
Browning says he's constantly working to get the thin horses healthy again, and believes people should be thanking him instead of complaining.
"I don't know how I could be cruel, when all I do is feed them," Browning said. "Never been cruel when all I do is feed them. Never been mean to an animal in my life, and the better you take care of them, the more you get for them."
There are a number of horses remaining on the Browning's farm, but not for long.
"I'm going to sell them to a boy up in Bracken County," he said. "He's going to take them home and I plan on selling the farm --- move away from all these two-faced do-gooders around here."
Another 15 horses on the property have been moved to various farms in Kenton County.