Arrests Made In Animal Cruelty Case

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky couple were arrested Friday after state police accused them of not feeding and caring for eight horses in their care.

Haskell Risner, 51, and Dinah Risner, 49, were each charged with eight counts of second-degree cruelty to animals. They were in the Bourbon County Jail on $250 bond each on Friday afternoon.

State troopers said a group of people called investigators about the health of the horses on the Risner's property in rural Harrison County. Search warrants and arrest warrants were issued Friday morning after investigators decided that many of the horses lacked adequate food and health care, state police said.

Investigators did not seize the horses or any additional evidence when the warrants were served but took pictures, troopers said.

The charges are Class A misdemeanors and punishable by a maximum
penalty of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $500.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Manerva Location: Paris on Nov 4, 2007 at 03:22 PM
    All these animals need to be removed from these scumbags and never allowed to own any animals again. Maximum fine and a year in jail. I'm outraged - these losers make me sick!
  • by Ondine Location: Indiana on Nov 4, 2007 at 07:10 AM
    These horses are so thin that it is obvious they were not fed for a long time. Finally action has been taken and I hope that these horses are taken from these abusive owners. It looks like they're hoarders, to me. Too many horses for their budget so they don't buy hay or grain and the horses starve. It is past time for these people to surrender their starved horses to authorities or a horse rescue organization. When people are stupid or irresponsible, the horses suffer. The fine in KY for their abusive actions is not enough to keep them and others like them from doing this kind of thing again. Some people say that the option of selling a horse to slaughter prevents starvation like this. It doesn't, as this situation clearly shows. Besides, slaughter houses want heavy horses and will reject starving horses like this. Go to and click on 'horses' to learn the truth.
  • by patty Location: lexington on Nov 3, 2007 at 07:47 AM
    why wouldnt they take horses and get them looked at and fed???????? to me they are just as guilty
  • by david Location: mt. sterling on Nov 2, 2007 at 03:41 PM
    would like info on how to take 1 or2 of these horses into my care


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