Officials with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture June 29 charged Chuck Borell, the father of trainer Maria Borell, with 43 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals in connection with the abandonment of horses in Central Kentucky.
According to Dr. Robert Stout, the Kentucky state veterinarian, Chuck Borell was taken into custody and turned over to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.
Chuck Borell showed up at the Mercer County farm June 29, but was unable to gain access because the gates were locked.
Because the state agriculture department’s investigator on the case had not completed his paperwork, additional details of the charges or what led to them were not immediately available.
“Though the owner of the horses is believed to be either Maria Borell and/or her father, for months the pair have pointed fingers back and forth regarding the ownership status of the horses, as well as who is responsible for their care,” US Racing reported.
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Maria Borell displays her tattoo of Sunday Silence at the Breeders’ Cup. Image via The Washington Post.