Collierville Horse Trainer Sentenced for Animal Cruelty

Collierville Horse Trainer Sentenced for Animal Cruelty

A Collierville horse trainer and two of his assistants found guilty of abuse were sentenced in a Fayette County courtroom, Tuesday.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - A Collierville horse trainer and two of his assistants found guilty of abuse were sentenced in a Fayette County courtroom Tuesday.

Jackie McConnell pleaded guilty to 12 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty for soring horses at his stables. Soring is a banned practice of using chemicals and chains to train the horses to perform a high-stepping gait for shows and competitions.

McConnell was sentenced to one year house arrest and fined $25,000 plus court costs. He is also banned from owning or training any horses for 20 year.

Jeff Dockery of Collierville pleaded guilty to three counts of animal cruelty and John K. Mays of Holly Springs, Miss., pleaded guilty to four counts of cruelty. Both co-defendants were sentenced to one year probation for each count.

A 2001 video of the abuse taken at McConnell's stables by the Humane Society prompted the investigation.

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