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
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.
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