Man charged with animal cruelty after 49 horses found dead on N. Kentucky farm

BUTLER, Ky. - A Northern Kentucky man was charged with animal cruelty Monday after officers found 49 dead horses on his Pendleton County farm.

Animal control officers said they also removed 14 out of 32 horses that were still alive on the farm in the 2200 block of KY-177 in Butler, Ky. The 14 horses removed were emaciated, officials said.

Authorities were called to Larry Browning's farm after receiving an anonymous tip at about 1:15 p.m. of a dead horse in a field.

Officers were still on the scene removing the live animals at 8 p.m.

Browning was charged 14 counts of animal cruelty in the second degree. Officers said there was not enough hay on the farm to feed all 81 horses.

Neighbors said he is a horse trader and has owned the property for more than 20 years.

Browning is expected to be in court on April 15 at 9 a.m.

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