Target: Jeff Dean, Pendleton County Attorney
Goal: Criticize decision to allow a cruel and negligent farmer to keep custody of his animals.
A man involved in one of the worst cases of animal cruelty ever seen by animal control officers will have his animals returned to him after being sentenced to probation. An investigation into conditions at Larry Browning’s Kentucky horse farm revealed 49 dead horse carcasses littered all over the grounds, with corpses contaminating food and water sources. There were 14 emaciated and malnourished horses on the farm, all of which were removed by animal control officers.
Browning was charged with 49 counts of failing to dispose of an animal carcass within 48 hours and 14 counts of cruelty to animals. Nine months later, Browning took a plea bargain to avoid jail time. He was sentenced to 18 months probation and a fine of $7,500 to repay the state for rehabilitating the emaciated horses. Shockingly, the state will return five of Browning’s horses to his custody.
This is not the first time Larry Browning has been involved in an animal cruelty investigation. In 2011, activist group Animals’ Angels released photos allegedly taken on his farm showing extremely emaciated animals and rotting, contaminated food. The state took no action, claiming that none of the horses were in “alarming” condition.
Particularly with previous evidence of animal cruelty at Browning’s farm, it is outrageous that the state would return animals to his custody. Animal Control Officer Scott Pracht, who discovered the horrific conditions on the farm, has quit in protest of the outrageous ruling. Sign the petition below to condemn the return of the horses to Browning’s farm, which could result in further unnecessary harm to animals.
Dear Mr. Jeff Dean,
Animal control officers discovered an egregious case of animal cruelty at a Kentucky farm littered with the carcasses and bones of 49 dead horses. The live horses in the farm were found emaciated and malnourished, their water sources contaminated with decaying corpses and their food low-grade.
Owner Larry Browning, who was charged with 49 counts of failing to dispose of an animal carcass within 48 hours and 14 counts of cruelty to animals, has been sentenced to 18 months probation and a $7,500 fine. Shockingly, five horses will be returned to Browning’s farm after the fine is paid.
Particularly considering evidence of previous, similar acts of neglect, it is ridiculous that the state would return animals to Browning’s custody. We, the undersigned, condemn this decision, which could result in further unnecessary harm to animals.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management, Office of Public Affairs via Public Domain