What started March 25 with reports of former Butler County Sheriff Kenneth Morgan having “sickly” horses on his property, has resulted in an animal cruelty conviction in Oxford, Ohio Monday, July 29. Ohio.com says the Butler County jury deliberated about an hour before the conviction. According to the Journal News, Morgan and wife Debora were charged and convicted of the misdemeanor, with sentencing by Judge Robert Lyons to come Thursday morning. Animal cruelty in Ohio is currently a first-degree misdemeanor carrying a maximum sentence of up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The Journal News explains that Butler County Dog Warden and Humane Officers responded to several complaints in past years on the Hanover Township couple, yielding legal action on March 25. Wardens and officials at the Butler County Animal Friends Humane Society executed search warrants on the Morgan property, finding two dead horses and one that was still alive, although the horse was extremely thin. Earlier this week the Journal News reported the surviving horse was removed and put in protective custody.
Kenneth Morgan‘s stint at the Butler County Sheriff Office spanned from 1993 to 2010 when he resigned, according to sheriff’s office records. The Journal News continued, saying his personnel file included a disciplinary action during his employment from Lt. Mike Craft.
With recent Butler County news of horses and farm animals being poisoned, slashed, and killed, efforts continue to change Ohio’s animal laws and punishments on abuse and cruelty. Cincinnati.com reminds us judges can bar someone from owning future pets, if convicted of animal cruelty. As far as the convicted Morgan couple, News and Sentinel writes, they listed no telephone number and no attorney name was available in court records.
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