Charles Ford, the man accused on animal cruelty in a high profile Sabine Parish horse case, spoke out for the first time Wednesday. He says he is actually an animal lover who got in over his head trying to care for too many animals.More >>
MANY, LA (KSLA) -
A Sabine Parish man has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of felony animal cruelty in the deaths and malnourishment of dozens of horses found on his property in early 2012.
65-year-old Charles Ford made the plea Monday in Sabine Parish District Court.
The Sabine Parish Humane Society won a court order to seize nearly 80 horses from Ford's Hillcrest Farms near Many in January 2012, after receiving complaints. Seven of them were already dead. Six of them died later from health complications. A total of 25 or more are believed to died while under Ford's care.
At the time, Ford blamed the sagging economy for the lack of feeding alleged by investigators. "The work wasn't there so I couldn't buy the amount of feed that I needed to buy, but I fed them some every day," said Ford.He claims for the first 3 years he did take good care of the horses, but with less jobs to work building boat houses he couldn't afford to care for them.
He is scheduled to be back in court for sentencing and a restitution hearing in November. 65-year-old Charles Ford made the plea Monday in Sabine Parish District Court.