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."