HARRODSBURG — A Mercer County man has pleaded not guilty to the alleged abuse of 14 horses.
The horses owned by James "Les" Pease, 72, were removed by a Mercer County animal control officer David Quinn in early June, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mercer District Court.
Pease pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of second-degree cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor.
The complaint said Pease was not feeding the horses. Pease declined to comment Wednesday. His attorney, Richard Clay of Danville, has filed a "bill of particulars" seeking more information about the seizure and any statements that Pease might have given to authorities.
Quinn, the animal control officer, said the horses had been taken to an undisclosed location and were being fed. He declined to comment further.
A hearing is scheduled for July 14 in district court.