Lexington horse owner convicted of animal mistreatment
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Local horse owner and trainer, Francis Lee McKinney was prosecuted by the Fayette County Attorney’s Office, according to Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control.
The shelter says Mckinney was convicted Friday on four counts of miscare and mistreatment of animals.
A statement by Lexington Fayette Animal Care & Control says the charges were filed after four of Mckinney’s horses were found in poor condition in March. Animal Control says three horses were found on March 11 and were underweight and in need of veterinary care. The fourth horse was found suffering and unable to stand on March 30th.
McKinney was convicted on all charges and taken into custody. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail and has to pay a fine of $2,000.
Animal Control officials say they have been investigating McKinney for more than a decade. Officials say two of horses from Friday’s conviction were apart of a previous investigation.
In February 2011, three horses were taken away from her property for ‘lack of care.’ Animal Control held the horses for 11 months before the case was resolved and McKinney was allowed to regain custody.