A former South Carolina Republican congressional candidate is accused of stealing horses in rural Kentucky earlier this month, but he contends he was actually rescuing the horses.
Curtis Bostic, 55, was arrested Dec. 18 near Jackson, Ky., and charged with felony unlawful taking of livestock, Charleston media outlets report. He was released on $2,500 bail the next day.
The former Charleston County councilman said Tuesday he was in the Appalachian foothills on a “humanitarian horse-rescue effort.” He didn’t go into details on the pending case.
A court date is set for Jan. 23.
But his son, Daniel Bostic, posted on Twitter that the horses were starving. “Crazy that we live in a country where you can be arrested for rescuing a starving animal,” he said in the post.
In his mugshot, Bostic is wearing a campaign T-shirt from his 2013 unsuccessful bid for Congress, when he lost the GOP primary runoff to former Gov. Mark Sanford. Bostic, an attorney, served on county council for eight years until 2009.