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