Tennessee Walking Horse trainers sentenced for animal cruelty

Three men who were accused of involvement in soring horses were sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges. Trainer Jackie McConnell pleaded guilty to 12 animal cruelty charges and was sentenced to one year of house arrest and four years' probation. McConnell must also pay $25,000 in fines and cannot train or own horses for two decades. Jeff Dockery and John K. Mays, who were captured on video along with McConnell applying burning chemicals to horses to induce a gait prized among Tennessee Walking Horses, also pleaded guilty and were sentenced.

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