Paul Schember, 70, of Nicholasville, was arrested by Nicholasville Police on Jan. 4 for illegally abandoning the Thoroughbreds at various farms throughout the county.
Jessamine County Animal Care and Control Deputy Director, Frank Ruggiero, filed criminal complaints last week against Schember.
“(JCACC) has been involved since the end of October,” Ruggiero said. “We were called on a few occasions but couldn’t find anything to charge him with.”
The deputy director said he has filed three complaints on Schember.
The first time was in regard to his canines running at large on the streets of Nicholasville.
The second and third time Ruggiero filed a complaint concerned Schember abandoning the horses — an off-the-racetrack Thoroughbred gelding and a filly bought from the Keeneland Sale.
Schember allegedly abandoned his horses, leaving them in a trailer for 24 hours straight. The horses reportedly appeared underweight and were found standing in their own feces. The man stated that the people who made the complaint were just trying to take his horses. Demand that justice is served for these innocent horses.JCACC aren’t the only ones who have filed complaints on Schember.
“The conditions kept getting worse. They were in about three inches of manure,” stated Jenny Hasson. She and other concerned neighbors filed a complaint against 70-year-old Paul Schember after he reportedly abandoned the horses on private property. She also reported that at least one of the horses appeared emaciated. Schember stated that he got permission from someone who turned out not to be the owner of the property. He claimed that all of the other complaints are lies.
Jenny Hasson of Nicholasville met Schember when he approached her friend, Kathy Gonzalez. Gonzalez owns Karumel Farm Animal Rescue on Bethany Road. Schember asked her to help transport a few horses to a new location.
“The reason he was moving horses was because he was being kicked off another property,” Hasson said. “Paul had notified her because she had horses and he asked if he could move his horses with her trailer.”
But that is not what happened.
On her way home Gonzalez noticed the gelding horse’s head sticking out of a barn on Bethany Road.
“He had stashed the horse there and the property owner did not give him permission,” Hasson said. “Our main concern was the horse was not getting hay or water.”
Hasson said she called Jessamine County Animal Rescue and took pictures to document the incident.
"A gelding who was slightly overweight in September is now severely underweight. You can see all of his ribs," she said.
“We’ve been trying every angle we could to try and save these animals,” Hasson said. “I’ve pressed charges.”
Schember says, "I grew up in a farm in Michigan. we always took care of our animals. we came down here. i love horses i take care of them. i love dogs. i take care of them. and you can see they're fat as pigs."
This is not Schember’s first time being arrested on the charge.
According to public record, he was arrested in 2010 for second-degree cruelty to animals.
Full Name: Paul Schember
City: Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356
Weight: 170 lbs
Hair Color: BRO
Eye Color: GREEN
Arrest Age: 70
Time: 1:20 PM
Arresting Agency: NICHOLASVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
County: Jessamine County, Kentucky
Total Bond: $500
#1 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS-2ND DEGREE
(Jessamine Journal - January 11, 2017)