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Man Ordered to Get Rid of Horses in Animal Cruelty Case

MASON COUNTY, Ky. (WKRC) -- A Mason County man who was ordered out of the horse raising business still has several dozen animals on his property.

George Sam Jones faces multiple charges of alleged mistreatment of the horses while they were alive and not properly disposing of their carcasses after more than 40 of them died.

You could say the horses that survived on the farm are the lucky ones.  Others from the Mason County, Kentucky farm were headed for Mexico to end up as food for people or ended up dying right here.

Farm owner Jones faces 75 counts of animal cruelty, letting animals run loose, or not disposing of animals which died.  The horses are very curious and very friendly, but if you look more closely at their sides you can see something that probably should not be visible on a horse.  You can see their ribs.

Even though there was hay there now, Jones allegedly did not feed his horses and mules.  The sheriff's department and the Humane Society are now doing that.  Jones has a court date on Monday in Mason County.

But this story about alleged maltreatment of horses is not just on the Kentucky side of the river.  It now stretches over to Ohio.

Jamie Grierson and her friend Jewell Mclain took us to see something very disturbing, crossing thru the ice to get there, a dead horse.  Grierson says the horse belonged to George Sam Jones, the same man facing all those charges in Kentucky.

Grierson says her grandmother let Jones keep some horses at this farm in Brown County, Ohio.  Jones then took some back but the mare fell into the creek the other night, could not get back up, and died.  Grierson said she's heard from people who wanted to adopt the horses, there's almost 30 horses or more that would have made a perfect pets for children.

"Instead what's happening to them?  Back in Mason County, at Jones' farm."

He has until Monday to get all the horses and mules off of his property.

In 2010, Jones was also cited for animal cruelty and ordered not to own horses for two years.  But he obviously got back in the business when that time was up.

"The horses, I'd like to see them go to home they deserve.  For him, I'd like to see him spend some time in jail."

Local 12 News has tried to contact George Sam Jones but so far we have been unsuccessful.




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