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Charges dropped in Pendleton Co. horse cruelty case

A picture of one of the horses on Browning's farm (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland) A picture of one of the horses on Browning's farm (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland)
PENDLETON COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Pendleton County Prosecutor Jeff Dean made a plea deal with Larry Browning and his lawyers in the case where 49 horses were found dead on Browning's property.

Animal Control and Emergency Management responded to 2239 Ky. 117 in Butler City after an anonymous tip alerted them of dead horses on the property in April.

[Related: 49 dead horses found on Pendleton Co. farm]

Thirty-five horses were found still alive on the property. Officials said 14 horses were taken to safe locations throughout Kenton County to be treated for malnourishment.

Browning was charged with 14 counts of cruelty to animals and 49 counts of failure to remove the carcasses within 48 hours. 

According to Equine Investigator Scott Pracht, the plea deal was to dismiss all 14 counts of animal cruelty and merge all counts of failure to remove carcasses within 48 hours. Browning plead to an Alford Plea of 4 counts of failure to remove carcasses.

Pracht says Browning is allowed to keep the five horses he has and had to pay back the county $7,500 for the horses care during the case.

FOX19 NOW spoke with Pracht Saturday and he says the deal has him fuming.

"I'm very disgusted. I've been doing this for a long time and I've never run across a case where I've had this much evidence against somebody and for them to make a plea agreement without my knowledge," Pracht said.

The conditions of the horses made Pracht sick.

"You wouldn't believe it, I mean, horses entangled in barbed wire still decaying because....and ripped off all the tree bark because of the fact that horse couldn't get away, I mean, it's in dire mode. This is by far the worst case of animal cruelty I've seen. The most deceased animals I've ever seen on one single property," Pracht said.

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