Don’t Block Volunteers from Caring for Starving Horses

Target: Ernie Kelty, Mercer County, Kentucky Sheriff

Goal: Allow starving horses to be fed and rescued by volunteers and charge owner for allegedly neglecting the animals.

Over 40 horses are reportedly starving in a farm while absent owners neglect to care for them, yet authorities are blocking volunteers from rescuing the suffering animals. Photographs show emaciated horses while reports note that they are not being provided with food or fresh water. Nonetheless, authorities have still not removed these animals from their unhealthy environment, stating that they are not entitled to do so without evidence from the State’s Department of Agriculture.

Locals and activists have said that “it’s unfathomable that the sheriff won’t allow someone to correctly feed and take care of the horses, let alone allow the care givers to take these horses home,” stating that the sheriff is not permitting concerned individuals to provide shelter and vet care to the animals despite plenty of people being willing to do so. These animals need to be tended to right away.

Sign this petition urging Mercer County authorities to take immediate action to rescue these neglected and starving animals, and to ensure the farm’s owners are charged for the horrific suffering these horses have endured.


Dear Sheriff Kelty,

Over 40 horses are in dire need of help at a farm in Mercer County. These animals are reportedly starving, with many of them severely emaciated and in urgent need of proper food, fresh water and veterinary care. Reports note that local authorities are blocking volunteers from caring for these suffering animals while waiting for evidence from State’s Department of Agriculture.

These animals’ lives are more important than bureaucracy and red tape and they are in urgent need of being rescued. Please take immediate action to ensure these animals do not suffer any longer or die as a result of these awful conditions. We urge you to urgently allow willing caregivers to provide food, vet care and proper shelter for these horses. The farm’s owners must also be charged for causing such intense suffering to innocent animals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Tres Delaforce

Sign the Petition

  • Upgrade to sign 100's of petitions with one-click and feed shelter animals.
  • Only your name will be displayed. By signing, you accept our terms and may receive updates on this and related causes.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

FacebookCare2 NewsTwitterEmailShare


  1. Angela Rabon says:

    What is wrong with those in authority? Have you no mind at all??? Are you going to allow these animals to die??? Can you not allow kind volunteers, that means it will not cost you anything, to feed and provide water to these needy horses??? Ignorance is contagious these days and common sense is not common enough!!

  2. let the great volunteers help the great horses now.

  3. Debbie Jones says:

    I think the Sheriff needs to be held accountable. He should be arrested.

  4. Beth Nordmeyer says:

    What is wrong with Kentucky and Tennessee, horses are abused ALL the time and police do nothing. Soring is rampant. They have NO law, seems people get away with any abuse they want to inflict upon animals. Sounds like corruption to me.

  5. Beth Nordmeyer says:

    Contact the Governor, forward petition. This is wrong. Sounds like monetary kickbacks like what they do in TENNESSEE to keep soring horses even though it’s illegal.

  6. lynn woods says:

    the sheriff should be charged he’s as guilty as the owners what the hell is wrong with the so called law down there the sheriff is a bastard and should be fired and proper people brought in to help these poor animals where’s the spca or is there any down there in the back woods what a bunch of creeps hope they all burn in hell

  7. Are mercer county authorities MORONS? Rhetorical question!!! I hope and pray they are left in similar circumstances and the ‘authorities’ state they can’t be fed!!!!

  8. Carol Brandt says:

    How totally incompetent. He should be ashamed for being so mindless. The owner should be punished severely. What a joke.

  9. This sheriff is a vile,incompetent corrupt,uneducated,animal hating POS. This repulsive bastard is obviously related to or friends with the abusive horse owners.Terminate the employment immediately of this incompetent POS and implement the death penalty to this vile bastard!

  10. Sounds like someone has been paid off.
    Knock the fence down and let the horses loose.
    People are the most evil beings on earth, and all abusers should be eliminated.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Facebook Comments


1929 Signatures

  • Kimberly Boden
  • Natalie Mccadden
  • Kathleen England
  • Barb Novorr
  • Valerie Horton
  • Evelio Gil
  • Rui Pina
  • J Varcoe
  • Ilse DePriest
  • Lori Thurston
1 of 193123...193
Skip to toolbar