Malnourished horses and mules seized in Boyd County

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BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - Dozens of malnourished horses and mules were rounded up and taken off one man's property.

The horses were on about 300 acres of property along Bolts Fork in the Rush area of Boyd County.

Neighbors had been making complaints about horses and mules looking like they were in poor shape.

"Just seeing how emaciated they can become so quickly without care, it's sad," neighbor Lisa Dooley said.

The Boyd County animal control officer, Paul Helton, says he and deputies executed a search warrant Thursday. He says it looks like the animals are malnourished.

"People have good intentions, but sometimes they go awry," Helton said.

They started seizing the animals Thursday and continued Friday with the help of rescue groups and neighbors with horse trailers.

Dooley is keeping several of the horses in her barn for now.

"It's just important that they're homed and healthy," she said.

She believes this is a case where the man who owns the horses got in over his head.

"Make sure you don't ever get overrun by animals," she said. "If you can't take care of them, call someone that can help you."

Helton says it's expected the owner will be charged with animal cruelty and neglect.

The horses will have to be placed in foster care.

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