An American horse dealer has been charged with animal cruelty after 49 horses were found dead on his farm in Kentucky.

Animal control officers were also forced to remove 14 emaciated horses from Larry Browning’s property.

US authorities have charged Browning with 14 counts of animal cruelty, and he could face more charges for the dead horses when he goes on trial on next week (15 April).

Browning was accused of being a “kill buyer”, someone who sells old and infirm horses to slaughterhouses for a profit.

The case was described by the equine investigator as “the worst case of animal cruelty,” he had seen.

Officers said there wasn’t enough hay on the farm to feed the 81 horses.

Browning argued he had so many ill horses because people abandoned them on his land.