Livingston County man pleads guilty, sentenced in animal cruelty case


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - Jason Thomason

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Ky. - It didn't take long for Livingston County Animal Control Officer Ricky Jepsen to see some Livingston County horses needed help.

"The state the horses were in.  They were very malnourished," Jepsen said.

He says Mike Singleton refused to feed his ex-wife's horses on his Livingston County property.  Six died, five were nursed back to health and two are still missing.

Singleton, who appeared with his attorney, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of animal cruelty.  Singleton will also spend 20 days in the Crittenden County Jail and pay restitution to his ex-wife for the deaths of the six horses.  Jepsen didn't want to comment on the sentence, but says he's happy Singleton admitted his wrongdoing.

"It is a positive thing that came out of this and I hope it doesn't happen again," Jepsen said. 

Singleton will begin his 20 day sentence July 8.