The Lexington Humane Society has taken over the care of 23 horses that were abandoned at a Fayette County boarding stable.
A man had owned 33 Thoroughbreds, all being housed at the stable, and had not paid for their care in months, said Ashley Hammond, senior development manager at the Lexington Humane Society.
Animal care and control eventually gave the owner a deadline to claim horses before they would be confiscated, Hammond said. The owner never paid, so 10 of the horses were placed in homes and the remaining 23 went into the care of the humane society.
The horses were not in great health when animal control stepped in a year ago, but by working with the stable they were able to improve their condition, Hammond said.
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The horses are still being housed at the boarding stable where they were left, but the humane society has taken over the complete responsibility and cost of their care, Hammond said.
The horses will soon be up for adoption and people will be able to begin the process of applying to take one of them home, Hammond said.
To adopt one of the horses, people will need to provide proof of land ownership or permission from a landlord, Hammond said. They will also need to come out and meet the horse to make sure the adoption is a good fit.
“We just want to make sure they aren’t going to end up getting abandoned again, especially after everything they’ve been through,” Hammond said.
Anyone interested in donating to the humane society to help the horses can visit lexingtonhumanesociety.org.