Southwest Ohio couple sentenced for animal cruelty

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio man convicted of misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after the deaths of two horses on his property has been ordered to spend 60 days in jail.

The Hamilton JournalNews reports (http://bit.ly/14oAVUY ) that Kenneth Morgan says he will appeal his conviction, including a $700 fine. Morgan is a former Butler County sheriff’s deputy.

Wife Debora Morgan was also convicted of the second-degree misdemeanor count, but her sentence was suspended under three years’ probation.

Butler County Judge Robert Lyons told the defendants Thursday they showed a lack of remorse.

The judge told Morgan he could no longer own any animals. Morgan said that ruling was “a little steep and unnecessary.”

A third horse on their property was removed in very thin condition but is reportedly thriving in a new home.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront

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