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.
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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.