Posted by Trina Edwards - email
BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - Police have arrested a man accused of leaving several horses in deplorable conditions at a farm in Bethel.
Chad Moore, 39, is a horse trainer and was wanted on warrants and under investigation for the neglect and death of several horses.
He was arrested without incident around 2 a.m. Thursday morning at the Red Roof Inn on Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road in Union Township following a tip to Crimestoppers. He was taken to the Clermont County Jail and is being held on a $50,000 bond. His attorney told police he planned to turn himself in later in the morning.
Police said the property where the horses were found belonged to Moore's parents, and he abandoned it because he was facing legal trouble. He had warrants out for Non Support and DUI.
Six horses, a pony and a donkey rescued from the farm have been taken to the private farm and are being cared for by volunteers. Veterinarians determined they were malnourished. Ten horse carcasses were also found on the farm.
Donations of horse blankets, hay, alfalfa cubes, beet pulp shreds, equine senior Purina, fat supplements (weight builder), flax seed oil, corn oil, anti-bacterial shampoo, halters/leads, and grooming brushes are needed. Donations can be dropped off at the Clermont County Animal Shelter, located at 4025 Filager Road in Batavia, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Donations after hours can be left at the building behind the shelter. The Clermont Animal Shelter will be closed on New Year's Day.