Robertson County Man Indicted On Animal Cruelty Charges
by Marcus Washington
ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenon. - A grand jury in Robertson County has indicted a mid state man on animal cruelty and neglect charges. Lee Kr isle, a registered livestock dealer, was indicted last week on eight separate counts.
The charges follow allegations of horses left alone, wrapped in wire, with little or no food, and severe injuries. It's been nearly a year since the animals were rescued.
"Multiple animals on the property had visible ribs and hip bones and appeared to be malnourished," said Leigh McCollum, the state director for the Humane Society of the United States. "We just believe that when you take an animal in, you have a responsibility to provide care to them."
McCollum says Kr isle claims he was given the horses in this condition and was working to get them back to a healthy state. Witnesses say the animals were neglected for weeks.
"In this case, we strongly believe that a lot of these animals are being moved through for slaughter and human consumption," said McCollum. She said in many cases horses like these are sent to Mexico for their meat.
"Animals are coming through in maybe not a great state. The ones that are good enough to be sent on a truck to be slaughtered are sent away. The ones that are not healthy enough are just pushed into a back pasture to die," said McCollum.
NewsChannel 5 spoke with family members and a neighbor of Kr isle and they said he fed the horses and cared for them. Kr isle denies the charges against him.
The Humane Society of the United States said they also got new complaints in the past two weeks from neighbors about malnourished horses on Rile's property, but no new charges had been filed as of Friday.