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Arrest Made In Horse Abuse Case
Updated June 19, 2018 7:12 AM
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(MONROE CO.) - A Monroe County man was arrested after Monroe County Sheriff's Department Animal Management deputies were alerted through a tip that horses had died from maltreatment on a farm in Monroe County.

Deputies found two horse carcasses closed within two separate stalls. A third horse, Jake, was found alive in another stall.

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On Friday, police arrested Jeffrey Richardson, of 450 East Sample Road, and who police say is an experienced horse trainer is facing three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and two Level 6 felony counts of failure to dispose of a deceased animal. He was release from the Monroe County Jail after posting a $500 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear for an initial hearing in Monroe Circuit Court 2 on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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Jake has improved and has regained his healthy appetite after being seized from the farm. He has been examined by the state veterinarian, as part of the criminal investigation. Officials say Jake is thriving with human interaction, and seems to be in a good emotional disposition.


Blood work found Jake's poor condition was caused by starvation. A stool sample showed the horse had only ate dirt and wood.

Deputies removed Jake and arranged for his care.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Department Animal Management Division has duties which extend well beyond addressing issues of cats and dogs. These deputies receive training and have the authority to investigate all manner of animal neglect and cruelty.

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