Local man accused of animal cruelty to appear in court

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Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Ky. - A Livingston County man facing animal cruelty charges will appear in court Thursday.

According to the Paducah Sun, Mike Singleton faces 24 counts related to more than two dozen horses kept on his property.

Singleton is accused of blocking his estranged wife's access to provide feed and care for horses awarded to her in their divorce settlement.

County Animal Control Officer Rickey Jepsen tells the newspaper six dead horses were found on New Union Church Road.

Five other horses appeared to be in a "severe" state, while two others remain missing.

Livingston County Attorney Billy Riley tells the newspaper the charges will likely be reduced to 11 counts at Thursday morning's pretrial hearing.

Singleton faces up to one year in jail and a $500 fine for each count.

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