Butler man cited on 49 counts of animal cruelty

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By Becky Barnes

The Kentucky State Police and Pendleton County Animal Control joined forces in the investigation of an alleged animal cruelty case in Butler.

Larry Browning, 63, Butler, was cited for 49 counts of not disposing of animal carcasses (horses) within 48 hours by Tpr. Corey Rich. Additional charges are pending and may be issued by Animal Control Officer Scott Pracht.

Pendleton County Judge-Executive Henry Bertram said Tuesday morning that Animal Control received a tip that there was a dead horse on the property.

“He didn’t have any idea that he would find what he did,” Bertram said.

The judge also noted that in 2011 officials were called to the property. Eleven horses had to be euthanized at that time. However, he said there wasn’t enough evidence to take the case to court.

“He claims these aren’t his horses,” the judge said.

In Monday’s discovery, officials found 49 horses dead and an additional 15 were removed from the property to be cared for off-site. Another 19 horses remained on Browning’s farm, which is located on Hwy. 177 West, Bertram said.

 “I’m trying to get a conviction,” Bertram said of the misdemeanor charges against Browning. “Kentucky cruelty laws aren’t strong enough to do anything to him, but let’s get him to stop what he’s doing to these horses.”