LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) When animal control officers arrived Wednesday at Lee McKinney's farm on Parkers Mill Road for a complaint, it was not their first time there.
What officers found there now leaves McKinney facing animal neglect charges - again.
"That's why we're here. That's our job," said Officer Timothy Brown with Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control. "We're here to be the voice for the animals that can't have that voice for them."
Animal control officers found a horse that had died, and several others that were malnourished, Brown said.
Brown said McKinney now faces charges for not providing "proper care" for her animals, in violation of the city's ordinance pertaining to the treatment of animals.
According to Brown - and those who know McKinney - this is not the first time she has faced these charges.
"We don't know if she has the proper means to take care of the animals, or if it's just neglect on her part for the animals," Brown said.
The matter is still under further investigation, Brown said. McKinney could face up to a $500 fine or a year in prison for each charge.
Regardless, Brown says this case serves as a reminder that if you are having trouble taking care of your animals, give them a call.
"There's plenty of ways we can go about trying to help the community in a particular situation," he said. "But even if not that, try your hardest to take care of your animals. If you know that you're going to get them, be sure that you can take care of them."