Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
George Samuel Jones, 63 30 neglected horses & donkey's found, 6 found dead

Key Pike, KY

Mason County

January 20, 2010  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
    36 horses & donkeys Alleged January 25, 2010

A landowner in Mason County is being investigated for charges of alleged cruelty to animals.

The investigation was initiated by the Mason County Sheriff's Department after a resident of Key Pike complained to officials of dead and malnourish horses at the property of George Samuel Jones, 63, of 6196 Key Pike.

Deputy Matt Gallenstein was dispatched to the property to investigate the allegations and by the end of the day, Jones was charged with 30 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals and six counts of failure to dispose of animal carcasses.

Jones has been served with a summons to appear in Mason District Court on Monday, Jan. 25 to answer the allegations. Officials said Jones was in full cooperation when asked for access to the property.

According to Sheriff Patrick Boggs, 30 horses and donkeys in Jones' custody have been allowed to go without food and water; the neglect allegedly resulted in the death of six horses.

The carcasses of the six horses were not properly buried or removed from the property.

Boggs said in addition to Gallenstein, two local veterinarians were allowed onto the property by Jones to inspect the animals and make a determination as to the well-being of the animals.

Following the inspection, officials with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Equestrian Association were contacted to work with the sheriff's office to inspect the horses and donkeys in an effort to determine if seizure of the animals would be appropriate, Boggs said.

Officer Shane Mitchell of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is also assisting with the investigation.

  (Photo courtesy of Mason County Sheriff's Department)

"Mr. Jones tells us he had somebody, a hired hand to take care of them. He says he's been in bad health himself. I don't believe economics is part of the problem here. I believe its just neglect of the animals," said Sheriff Patrick Boggs of Mason County.

"There was no water out for the animals, very minimal water,” the Sheriff added. “There was hay on the farm and feed for the horses and donkeys on the farm, but was not made accessible to the animals."

The farm also houses 150 other horses.

"We were out with the Department of Agriculture and Mr. Jones is taking the proper steps to remedy the situation as far as disposing of the carcasses and feeding the livestock," said Boggs.

The horses will remain on the property unless a judge orders them elsewhere.

If convicted, he faces a fine and up to a year in jail.


Kentucky Post Ledger Independent