TRIMBLE COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) --  Several dead horses were found Wednesday on a farm in Trimble County.

Henry County Animal Control arrived to the home on Perkinson Lane and saw three horse carcasses from the driveway.

A search warrant was issued, and animal control found the skeletal remains of 12 other horses and many rabbits on the property.

“It’s a mess. We found more than what we thought we would find,” said Dan Flinkfelt with Henry County Animal Control.  “You hear about it, and you don’t think it is going to happen in your area. Then once it comes across, it is a huge shock.”

Officials tell WDRB they initially arrived to the rented home for a probation check.

Twelve other horses on the property were clearly malnourished.  The sheriff’s office brought in several large hay bales for the horses, since there was no food in their large pasture.

Investigators are not sure how long the animals were without food or water.

A rescue group with Windy Meadows Equine Center arrived on scene shortly before 5 p.m. and started rounding up the remaining horses to take to their 300-acre farm in Oldham County. All the horses were immediately check by a veterinarian.

“We’ll do a slow feed-back, which is grass hay, plain ‘ole hay and water, and you will see a huge change,” said Ellie Troutman, one of the rescue workers.

The owner of property could face more than 35 counts of animal cruelty and improperly disposing of a carcass and could face a year in jail for each count.

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