The Roane County woman who owned 16 horses that were found dead pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.
Tory Morgan pleaded guilty to 10 counts of animal cruelty in connection with the incident in a Roane County courtroom Thursday, officials with the Roane County Prosecutor's Office said.
As part of the plea, Morgan agreed to give up custody of an additional 20 horses that she also owned. The county will work to get those animals adopted.
Morgan was sentenced to 120 days in jail, but 75 of those days will be suspended. She will spend about the next two weeks behind bars, due to time she has already served and will be on probation for one year.
Morgan will have to pay about $2,000 in restitution for overtime that was paid to the Roane County deputy who took care of those horses. She will also have to pay $1,650 in court fees.
I thought she was going back before the magistrate today. So I guess he decided to take her plea anyway. Good freakn grief. They threatened to fine me more than that if I didn't immediately move my horses from the pasture they were in (I was moving them anyway) because a mountain lion killed the landowners mare. A threat that was unnecessary because I was getting mine out of there as soon as I found out about the lion attack. They told me if I didn't have them out within 24 hrs it would be a $3000 fine. I already had the trailer hooked up and was on my way when I was told this. And my horses were in good shape. Sheesh! Posted via Mobile Device