State asks abused horses be confiscated

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- State prosecutors want to confiscate four Tennessee walking horses from owners who sent them to be trained at a Collierville stable.

The trainer, Jackie McConnell, and two others pleaded guilty in state and federal courts to charges that they beat and sored the horses to make them step higher in arena competition.

Prosecutor Mike Dunavant filed a lawsuit Friday in Somerville, asking a judge to take away the horses from owners who the lawsuit contend knew or should have known that McConnell was barred by the USDA from training or exhibiting horses for shows.

The horses are being cared for at an undisclosed location. The Humane Society of the United States is paying for their care.

The organization shot undercover video of the abuse that led to the criminal charges.

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