Local man pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

New developments on an animal abuse investigation.

A local man will spend time and jail, and will lose his animals, after pleading guilty in a McCracken County court.

Chad Phillips pleaded guilty Tuesday to five counts of cruelty to animals during a pre-trial hearing.

Phillips was sentenced to 30 days in jail with two years of probation.

The charges stem from an investigation in February, after animal control officers say they found several dead chickens, a dead calf, and a starving horse on his property.

During probation, phillips cannot have any horses.

He also has a $500 fine, and has to pay restitution to the McCracken County Animal Control, including all the costs to get the horse healthy.

The good news:  the horse rescued from phillips home is thriving, and will be adopted.