From ANIMAL PEOPLE, September 2012:
CHATTANOOGA–U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice on September 19, 2012 fined Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Hall of Fame trainer Jackie McConnell $75,000, three years on supervised probation, and 300 hours of community service to be done for the USDA.
“It’s the stiffest sentence ever handed down under the 1970 Horse Protection Act,” exulted Humane Society of the U.S. president Wayne Pacelle. “McConnell in 2011 was captured on tape by a Humane Society of the U.S. undercover investigator intentionally injuring the animals under his charge in order to get them to step higher and win ribbons at horse shows,” Pacelle elaborated. “McConnell still faces 15 charges of violating Tennessee’s cruelty to animals statute in a pending case, and his guilty plea in federal court virtually guarantees the charges will stick.” Read more