- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

HARRODSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky judge has ruled that a man and his daughter charged with abandoning dozens of horses no longer own the animals.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and Mercer County Fiscal Court sued in September asking that Fiscal Court be declared the owner and be allowed to sell, donate or transfer ownership of the 42 horses.

The Agriculture Department said in a news release that Mercer County Circuit Judge Darren W. Pecker ruled Thursday that Charles Borell relinquished ownership claim in the horses with his Alford plea to nine counts of second-degree animal cruelty last month. The Alford plea means he didn’t admit wrongdoing but accepted that there is sufficient evidence against him for a conviction.

The ruling said Maria Borell hasn’t asserted a claim to the horses.

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