Woman arrested on animal neglect and cruelty charges

WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The woman accused of allowing sixteen animals to die of neglect and cruelty has been arrested and charged with cruelty to animals and failure to properly dispose of them.

Cheryll Ford, who is also known as Cheryll Jeffers, was arrested and taken to the Woodford County Jail on Friday. As of Monday, she has bonded out.

On February 26, sheriff's deputies and animal control officials discovered the dead animals at her Woodford County farm.

As we reported for you at the time, Woodford County animal control received a neglect and cruelty complaint late Monday afternoon. When investigators searched the property on Woodlake Road near Midway they found the bodies of 16 horses, a donkey, and several chickens, cats, and dogs.

One deputy said it looked like some of the animals had been dead for months.

Animal Control officers said seeing just how many animals they were dealing with was tough.

"You needed a moment to get strong and then get the job done. We had to be strong for the other animals," said Animal Control officer Jodi Mullins.

The farm is leased to Ford. Animal control officers questioned her Tuesday morning. We were told Monday night charges of animal neglect and cruelty could be pending.

Investigators told us that many of the dead animals were found in cages, stalls, or trailers. They believe Ford took the animals in as rescues. There are a lot of other living animals still on the farm.

Workers at the Woodford County Humane Society say they'll be working to help adopt out many of those animals as they are released to animal control.

As part of the investigation the body of one of those horses was taken to Lexington. Animal Control officers say they hope to learn how each of those animals died.

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