Thursday, April 11, 2013


McCracken Man Cited for Animal Cruelty
Published 05:45 AM, Thursday Apr. 11, 2013

MCCRACKEN CO, KY - A McCracken Man has been cited for animal cruelty, after authorities seized two adult horses they say were emaciated and neglected.

According to the Paducah Sun, the horses were taken after calls to animal control described them as starving and lethargic. McCracken County Animal Control Director Chryss George told the Paducah Sun that when she got to the Chapel Road property, the horses were in their stalls and George said it appeared they had been treated poorly.  Both of the horses appeared to be very emaciated, according to George.

George cited horse owner Donald Peck for cruelty to animals. The animals were then taken into county custody. Peck said he had been allowing a friend to care for the horses.

The Sun reports Coda and Moriah spent the rest of Wednesday eating hay and oats in their stalls.

A date for Peck's court appearance has not yet been scheduled.

Friday, April 5, 2013


Investigation Continues In Possible Scott County Animal Cruelty Case

Posted: Apr 1, 2013 5:49 PM    

A man now at the center of an animal cruelty case in Scott County says some people have it all wrong, but others are saying he has a history of cruelty to animals.

Ginger Swartz says when she saw the story on LEX 18 last week on Tommy Browning and his horses in Scott County, she wasn't surprised to learn he was under investigation again for possible neglect after neighbors reported their concerns to deputies.

"We had pictures of horses," said Swartz. "I had state police out there he gets a slap on the hand and here we are again."

In 2009, Swartz was president of the Bath County Humane Society when she went to authorities over what she called grossly thin and neglected horses under the care of Browning at the time. "We're not talking 4 or 5 horses at this point," she said. "I'm talking 120 horses that were very thin."

Swartz says she documented pictures of the horses, and Browning was charged with cruelty to animals second-degree for failing to provide adequate food for the horses. Two years later, a Bath County court dismissed the charge.

Browning told LEX 18 over the phone Monday that the horses come to him in bad condition. He says he takes the horses the stock yards can't sell and tries to fatten them up to use as nursing mares or sell them once they are healthier. It's a claim Swartz doesn't buy, and she's waiting to see what Scott County authorities will do

To date, Browning is not facing charges in the Scott County case.

LEX 18