Horse trainer sentenced to house arrest, $25K fine

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Collierville horse trainer who pleaded guilty to 12 counts of animal cruelty last year has been sentenced to house arrest for a year and fined $25,000.

According to The Commercial Appeal, Circuit Judge Weber McGraw sentenced Jackie McConnell and two co-defendants on Tuesday. McConnell's plea came after the Humane Society of the United States in 2011 shot video inside a stable showing caustic substances being applied to Tennessee walking horses' legs and hooves, and the animals being beaten to make them stand.

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.

Dockery was given three years' probation and Mays has four years' probation.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 214812411 -
Gray Television, Inc.