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Farmer Charged with Animal Cruelty Still Not Feeding Horses
MASON COUNTY, Ky. (WKRC) -- The Maysville horse farmer who had dozens of carcasses on his property is still not feeding his herd.
Last week, George "Sam" Jones was arrested and is now facing 75 separate charges. He was let out on bond and ordered to get rid of his livestock by January 13th.
"Mr. Jones has not made an effort to feed," Mason County sheriff Patrick Boggs told Local 12 Wednesday morning.
"The order was to make sure they were fed, not that we were to do the feeding. But since Mr. Jones has not been doing the feeding or watering, we have taken it upon ourselves to make sure those animals are fed and watered."
Boggs says his deputies are feeding the 50 or so horses and mules on Jones' property with the help of the Humane Society of Buffalo Trace. Boggs says Jones had six round bales and two wagon loads of square bales in his barns but was not sharing it with the horses.
Last month, the Humane Society started getting complaints of starving horses on Jones' farm. Volunteers tried to get pictures of the animals to share with the sheriff but had no luck. They eventually went to Jones and were given permission to get on his property.
"That's when they found the 16 dead horses," Humane Society president Rebecca Cartmell said.
"It was later in the week they searched the property and found more dead horses."
43 carcasses were found.
Jones is facing 43 counts of improper disposition of a carcass, 5 counts of animal cruelty and 27 counts of letting livestock run at large. Jones faced similar charges in 2010 and was given probation.
He is scheduled to be back in court January 13th at 9am. The court has ordered him to get rid of all the livestock on his farm by then. He must also prove that the animals are not only off his property but no longer in his care.