Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Mercer Co. Horse Owner Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

June 22, 2009

A Mercer County man faces cruelty to animal charges after some horses were taken off his property.

Police say concerned neighbors alerted them about the horses, who were located on a farm on Curry Pike in Harrodsburg.

According to a criminal complaint, the horses belong to James "Les" Pease, a local developer who is now charged with cruelty to animals.

In all, 14 horses were seized from the farm and are now in a rescue being nursed back to health.

Pease had a summons to appear in Mercer district court Monday.
His attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Pease is due back in court July 28 for a pre-trial hearing.