Horse trainer's father arrested on 43 cruelty to animals charges

Horse trainer's father arrested on 43 cruelty to animals charges
Charles Borell (Source: Boyle County Jail)
Charles Borell (Source: Boyle County Jail)

MERCER COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - One man has been arrested after 43 horses were found neglected on a Mercer County farm.
 
Charles Borell, the father of horse trainer Maria Borell, was arrested Wednesday and charged with 43 counts of second degree cruelty to animals.
 
On Tuesday, six sickly horses were seized from the farm the Borells were leasing.
 
For weeks, Carleigh Fedorka and Carrie Gilbert didn't know if anyone would be held responsible, including Borell's daughter Maria Borell, who state officials believe was entrusted with the horses.
 
Although these volunteers are relieved about one arrest, they're hopeful for another.

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"These horses were Maria's, they were owned by Maria, it should've been her hands and her eyes taking care of these horses on a daily basis," Gilbert said. "She dropped the ball."
 
Fedorka and Gilbert began volunteering their services two days ago, seeking donations to feed, clean and provide medical treatment to the 43 horses.
 
"They were skeletons, much more time out here without around the clock veterinary care, if they would've gone down they wouldn't have gotten back up," Gilbert said.
 
The six horses removed for intensive treatment are currently being cared for at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. The gelding of Silver Charm, the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, was of the six in the worst medical condition. The grey gelding, Silver Cliff, was sold to Maria Borell in June 2011.
 
"We need to get their teeth done and get their gastric health okay," Carleigh Fedorka said. "They need to be dewormed, so it's not just going to be pouring grain."

Meanwhile, supplies continue to help the others survive.
 
"We had NTR donate a $10,000 John Deere Utility Gator, Bloodstock agents donated $500 to $1,000 in fly spray, along with halters, fly masks, medical supplies and ointments," Fedorka said.

But, even with the abundance of support, the volunteers estimate the current supply of grain and hay will only feed the horses for one more week. The grass isn't available on the 100+ acre farm, because weeds have taken over. A large tractor, with mowing equipment, is also needed, along with more volunteers.
 
"We need people that can come out that know how to muck a stall, lead a foal, scrub a water bucket," Fedorka said. "We need good horse men and horse women to come out and volunteer their time."
 
The future of the horses left on the farm is unknown, because the horses are still a part of an active investigation.
 
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