Sixteen dead horses, a dead donkey and numerous dead dogs, cats and chickens were found in a barn on a Woodford County farm Monday afternoon.
The farm at 1975 Woodlake Road is leased by Cheryll Jeffers, who also goes by the last name Ford, said Sgt. Keith Broughton of the Woodford County Sheriff's Department.
Woodford County animal control officers, the sheriff's office and representatives of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture visited the farm about 3:30 p.m. and found the animals.
Broughton said it was unclear whether Jeffers would face charges.
"We're still in the investigative stage," he said.
Broughton said the animals "were all in various stages of decomposition," including some that were skeletonized or mummified.
"Some of them have been dead for several months," he said.
In addition to the dead animals, there were about 15 horses and "numerous" cats, chickens and dogs on the property.
Broughton said a local farm had donated hay for the horses.
"They probably are a little bit neglected," he said, adding that water was being taken from the house on the property to the horses because there was no running water to the barn.
He said Jeffers had agreed to turn over the dogs to animal control officers, who were taking them to the Woodford County animal shelter.
Broughton said Woodford County Animal Control was in charge of the investigation.
Woman Pleads Guilty In Woodford County Animal Cruelty Case
Aug. 05, 2013
A woman accused in a Woodford County animal cruelty case has pleaded guilty.
Cheryl Ford was charged with second-degree animal cruelty after
authorities found 16 dead horses, along with dead dogs, chickens and
donkeys at a farm off Woodlake Road in Midway. Ford surrendered about 50
dogs and cats to authorities.
In the plea deal, Ford pled guilty to four counts animal cruelty
second degree and two counts of failure to dispose of a carcass. She was
sentenced to six months jail time, with 90 days served in jail and the
remainder on home incarceration. Ford's attorney claims she's not
medically able to stay in jail.
Ford's attorney says she's a woman who got in over her head after a
nasty divorce and couldn't care for herself... much less the animals.
Ford will be on probation for two years, and is not allowed to own animals during her probation.
Formal sentencing in the case is set for September.