A Kentucky horse trainer was sentenced to jail Friday for animal cruelty. Francis Lee McKinney was convicted of four counts of miscare and mistreatment of animals.
McKinney was taken into custody to begin serving her 30-day jail sentence. The judge also ordered McKinney to pay a $2,000 fine.
The Fayette County Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case after four of McKinney’s horses were found underweight and needing veterinary care in March. One was found suffering, unable to stand, according to animal control.
McKinney’s family is steeped in Thoroughbred tradition. Her late stepfather was the well-known steeplechase rider Rigan McKinney that operated Stony Point Farm. The Lexington stable remains under the family’s control.
Authorities say they have been investigating McKinney for more than a decade. Two of the horses seized in March were from a previous investigation.