McConnell indicted again in Fayette Co on animal cruelty charges relating to horse soring

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports: Former Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie McConnell has been indicted by a Fayette County grand jury on 22 counts of animal cruelty related to alleged horse soring actions. McConnell pleaded guilty last year to similar charges for the same actions in federal court here after Humane Society investigators captured… Continue reading McConnell indicted again in Fayette Co on animal cruelty charges relating to horse soring

Univ of Tennessee to show only sound horses at homecoming

Tennessee Walking horse watches worriedly during horse soring inspections, part of an undercover operation by HSUS. Photo: HSUS.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES PRESS RELEASE The HSUS Applauds University of Tennessee for Showcasing Only Sound Horses at Annual Homecoming Game The University has chosen a flat shod Tennessee walking horse to take the spotlight off of the mistreated “Big Lick” horse The Humane Society of the United States commends the University of… Continue reading Univ of Tennessee to show only sound horses at homecoming

McConnell State trial on animal cruelty charges for soring postponed

Tennessee Walking horses watches worriedly from stall. HSUS image.

Jackie McConnell's attorney, in an attempt to avoid trial on animal cruelty charges relating to horse soring as a result of an undercover HSUS investigation, is working on a plea deal for his client to escape jail time. CINDY WOLFF, writing for The Memphis Appeal reports: The animal cruelty case against Collierville horse trainer Jackie… Continue reading McConnell State trial on animal cruelty charges for soring postponed

Tennessee Walking Horse abuser McConnell gets probation and a fine

Tennessee Walking horses watches worriedly from stall. HSUS image.

The leniency in which Tennessee Walking Horse abuser Jackie McConnell is being dealt with in Court feels like part of an unbelievably awful made-for-television movie. Here's how The Tennessean reports this afternoon's Sentencing Hearing: Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Jackie McConnell was sentenced to three years probation and a $75,000 fine for abusing horses on Tuesday… Continue reading Tennessee Walking Horse abuser McConnell gets probation and a fine

Senator who introduced Horse Protection Act attending McConnell Hearing

Jackie McConnell (R) leaving federal Court re horse soring case. Image by DougStrickland.

The U.S. senator who introduced the federal Horse Protection Act and the director of equine protection for the Humane Society of the United States are among those attending a sentencing for horse trainer Jackie McConnell in Chattanooga this Tuesday, reports The Chattanoogan. Former Senator Joseph Tydings and Keith Dane will take part in a press… Continue reading Senator who introduced Horse Protection Act attending McConnell Hearing

Both sides file memos in McConnell Walking Horse abuse sentencing

Jackie McConnell winning on Santana in the 90's. Tennesseean File Photo.

by HEIDI HALL Cross-posted from The Tennessean Hall reports: Supporters of Tennessee Walking Horse abuser Jackie McConnell contend his personality can’t be summed up in a short video of him beating and soring a horse, and his sentencing should reflect his lifetime of helping others. Several of his friends are cited in a sentencing memorandum… Continue reading Both sides file memos in McConnell Walking Horse abuse sentencing

Soring: Horses, The World and Us by Roy Exum

ROY EXUM. Source image.

Readers of Tuesday's Horse will by now know the name of Roy Exum, writing for The Chattanoogan, about the super hot horse soring issue. Exum writes another excellent piece, this time about the upcoming sentencing of the serially villainous Jackie McConnell, caught on tape soring and beating Tennessee Walking horses. I love this bit, but… Continue reading Soring: Horses, The World and Us by Roy Exum

Soring: Prosecutors say horse protection law lacks teeth

How a Walking Horse was inspected at National Celebration 2012. Photo: Jim Davis.

Soring prosecutor hits law, warns horse owners, traders by PAM SOHN Cross-posted from the Chattanooga Times Free Press Public clamor over a recommendation of probation for the man caught by hidden camera beating a Tennessee walking horse has led federal prosecutors to file a 16-page explanation that points out sentencing limitations in the federal Horse… Continue reading Soring: Prosecutors say horse protection law lacks teeth

Judge reschedules McConnell sentencing to Sept 18 in horse soring case

Jackie McConnell (R) leaving federal Court re horse soring case. Image by DougStrickland.

by BRIAN MOSELEY Cross-posted from the Shelbyville Times-Gazette Sentencing for the remaining defendants in a widely publicized horse soring case has been reset for later in September despite objections from federal prosecutors. U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice Jr. has continued sentencing for Jackie L. McConnell, 60, Jeff Dockery, 54, and Joseph R. Abernathy, 30… Continue reading Judge reschedules McConnell sentencing to Sept 18 in horse soring case

Defendant in horse soring case gets probation

John Mays. Photo Credit: Doug Strickland.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — One of four men who pleaded guilty to soring Tennessee walking horses will not face more jail time. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, John Mays was sentenced Monday to the time he has already served and ordered to write an article about horse soring. Horse trainer Jackie McConnell, Jeff… Continue reading Defendant in horse soring case gets probation