Woodford woman faces 28 counts of cruelty involving dead animals

gkocher1@herald-leader.comMarch 4, 2013 

A woman accused of neglecting horses and other animals in Woodford County is scheduled to be arraigned this month on 28 counts of second-degree cruelty.

Cheryl Ford, 59, also was charged Friday with 15 counts of failure to dispose of a carcass within 48 hours, according to court and jail records.

Ford was released from the Woodford County jail Saturday after posting a $2,500 bond. She will be arraigned March 18 before Woodford District Judge Vanessa Dickson.

The dead animals — including horses, a donkey, dogs, cats and chickens — were found in a barn at 1975 Woodlake Road near Midway. Ford, who also goes by the last name Jeffers, leased the property, according to the Woodford County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Keith Broughton of the sheriff's office said last week that the animals were in various stages of decomposition, including some that were skeletonized or mummified.

State law says an animal owner shall dispose of a carcass within 48 hours after it is found unless it is preserved in cold storage.

The cruelty charges are misdemeanors, and each count has a maximum penalty of up to one year in a county jail.

A first violation of disposal of carcasses is punishable by a fine of $100 to $500. Subsequent offenses are punishable by fines of $500 to $1,000, up to 30 days in jail or both.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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