Mercer man denies neglecting 14 horses

Mercer man denies neglecting 14 horses

There are 412 comments on the The Advocate Online story from Jun 24, 2009, titled Mercer man denies neglecting 14 horses. In it, The Advocate Online reports that:

HARRODSBURG - A Mercer County man facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly mistreating 14 horses pleaded not guilty on Monday in Mercer County District Court.

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dude

Virginia Beach, VA

#2 Jun 24, 2009
dude sounds like a total bastard...i say dig in his back yard...if a man is that cruel to animals, it's safe to assume he's brutally raped and murdered underage girls. i hope the bastard burns in hell--or better yet, treat him the same way the horses were treated.
Lucy

Portland, OR

#3 Jul 8, 2009
PLEASE do not let this story die. Pease has a lot of money and he is just being cheap. There were two internet forums of the saddlebred peeps and they ARE PROTECTING HIM right now because his fancyass trainer that for sure isn't doing the training and showing gratis is at the big show in Lexington this week. The saddlebred trainers and owners are covering this guy Pease and his trainer and shielding them from the bad publicity they deserve to get. Eyewitnesses please step forward and google other sites where the truth is trickling out bit by bit. There is not any excuse for treating any animal like this. Don't let him get away with it. Lex 18 TV report says he is in court in Mercer County on the 14th anyone who can be there to be a voice for these sad horses please please do that. I am in Ohio so not much use but I wrote letters!
Laborman

Warrenville, IL

#4 Jul 10, 2009
I use to work for this man and he was a horse man for sure and his wife told him what to do all the time. She was a real [email protected] to. I say she had the say so over every thing that happen. She had the money and she worked his a$$ off to keep it coming in. I don't know if she is still with him but if he is treating the horse's this way, he should been done the same way and his wife if she is still with him. If you can't take care of your animal's, you should not have any. They can not take care of themself's unless they are running wild. Lock him up and not feed him and see how he like's it and her to if she is still with him.
Tinker Bell

Nicholasville, KY

#5 Jul 10, 2009
Mrs. Pease passed away. I don't know if Mr.Pease remarried or not.
I have heard he is a wealthy man.
Why would he do this to his animals/horses? I thought he was a smart man, looks like he would know this would lose him money.?
Lucy

Portland, OR

#6 Jul 10, 2009
Not sure where your info about the Missus came from but according to reports from the SB peeps she IS alive and she is seeing to it that her own retired horse is well cared for while the rest of them starve.
caring

Winchester, KY

#7 Jul 10, 2009
Lucy wrote:
Not sure where your info about the Missus came from but according to reports from the SB peeps she IS alive and she is seeing to it that her own retired horse is well cared for while the rest of them starve.
He could haave remarried. I think Mrs. Pease the school teacher passed. Sad that he didn't take care of his horses!
bridlewise

Somerset, KY

#8 Jul 10, 2009
Pease did remarry. His 1st wife Carol passed away and now he is married to Barbara Willowby who lives in Louisville. They just bought 100,000 show horse. Before all this blew up he either shot or shot himself 7 of the foals and had the rendering plant come get them. Just because they were alive. I was on the trot.org and SBR and they deleted my info. I've seen the farm where the horses came from, the horses and my boyfriend helps haul donated hay for them.
Lucy

Portland, OR

#9 Jul 10, 2009
Thank you Bridlewise!

What an absolutely disgusting dreg of non-humanity. He SHOT THE FOALS??? Couldn't even give them a vet-administered euthanasia.

Unbelievable. This is the sort of person that trot and SBR are trying to shield? WHY??????? I believe even Fugly is not addressing this issue. She doesn't seem to be intimidated by things so why is even Fugly refusing to address this? She didn't stop at the Three Strikes Ranch horror, why this one?

Is this guy like God or something with all his money? Judges in his pocket and all that? What gives here???
horse owner

Mount Sterling, KY

#10 Jul 10, 2009
Les has remarried
bridlewise

Somerset, KY

#11 Jul 14, 2009
Lucy,
I think some of the ASB people are concerned about stepping on Willoughby's toes and the trainer and barns. That's the only thing I can think of. It's not the ASB Assoc they are 100% against what he did. There's just a few people who have their own axe to grind. One is Witchtrot Farm in Anderson. She's a broker for rescue horses, breeder and has some ASBs. She's upset bcuz she couldn't get involved in this. The animal control has asked the person taking care of the horses to not talk to the media or allow anyone on his farm except his own family and friends. This person has really been hateful about the man that Mercer County placed the horses with. I think she believes that she's losing some of her own income from brokering rescue horses.

By-the-by though, must of the Saddlebred people that are really into the breed, show and train are very upset about this. The people who are playing the devils advocate are just backyard people with a couple of saddlebreds, etc. or have an ulterior motive like Witchtrot farm.
Lucy

Portland, OR

#12 Jul 14, 2009
So is the trainer the all time great poobah of Saddlebred trainers with unassailable finances and reputation? Is that the deal? Maybe said trainer is one of the WC judges this year??? Honestly it makes me very glad I am no longer showing horses.

Unfortunately it seems like the label "trainer" is the same thing as "abuser" whether by direct or indirect.
bridlewise

Somerset, KY

#13 Jul 14, 2009
The problem is Pease's horses were in Mercer and his wife's horses are in another county. So Pease was neglecting the ones in Mercer because he was staying with his wife, Barbara Willowby, in Louisville. Because of the association between Willowby and Pease (man/wife) some of the ASB owners are standing by the Peases. They see Barbara's horses being taken care of and don't want to face that she turned the other cheek to the abuse by her husband to his horses. The trainer didn't do the abuse but was employed by the Peases for her horses or the ones they bought together which are not in Mercer County and can't be touched.

I don't think either should be allowed to have horses again or at the very least be on a lifetime probation. Pease hands out the flowers at the Mercer County horse show. That should be stopped.
oops

Kansas City, KS

#14 Jul 14, 2009
bridlewise wrote:
The problem is Pease's horses were in Mercer and his wife's horses are in another county. So Pease was neglecting the ones in Mercer because he was staying with his wife, Barbara Willowby, in Louisville. Because of the association between Willowby and Pease (man/wife) some of the ASB owners are standing by the Peases. They see Barbara's horses being taken care of and don't want to face that she turned the other cheek to the abuse by her husband to his horses. The trainer didn't do the abuse but was employed by the Peases for her horses or the ones they bought together which are not in Mercer County and can't be touched.
I don't think either should be allowed to have horses again or at the very least be on a lifetime probation. Pease hands out the flowers at the Mercer County horse show. That should be stopped.
i think the fair is ahead of you
and mercer county cant be held responsible for all the idiot comments on here
Lucy

Portland, OR

#15 Jul 14, 2009
Well it seems Mercer county has had plenty of complaints over a fairly long period of time for this and other animal neglect issues including problems at their small animal shelter, so maybe the County folks really do have something to answer for because from the reports I've been reading on rescue sites and others including from eyewitnesses, they haven't exactly been Johnny on the Spot to deal promptly and responsibly with these animal abuse and neglect problems. I am not a taxpayer in that county or I would sure be in a lot of someones' faces asking for answers.
mercer county farmer

Kansas City, KS

#16 Jul 14, 2009
Lucy wrote:
Well it seems Mercer county has had plenty of complaints over a fairly long period of time for this and other animal neglect issues including problems at their small animal shelter, so maybe the County folks really do have something to answer for because from the reports I've been reading on rescue sites and others including from eyewitnesses, they haven't exactly been Johnny on the Spot to deal promptly and responsibly with these animal abuse and neglect problems. I am not a taxpayer in that county or I would sure be in a lot of someones' faces asking for answers.
well im a taxpayer too and now the one who was calling the shots at the shelter was our judge who has resigned and thats who they answer too so maybe the new judge can help this.. but than again you are not going to please everyone because they all want to fight among themselves
chestnut

Somerset, KY

#17 Jul 16, 2009
Glad to see another forum on here about Peases horses. There's another forum that's just been about bad mouthing everybody that's helping the horses especially the guy that's taking care of them for the county.

I'm a Mercer cty taxpayer and I really hope this new Judge Exec will do something so the county will be prepared should this happen again.

How many counts against Pease? 1 or the number of horses that were taken?
Lucy

Portland, OR

#18 Jul 16, 2009
The true info is kind of sketchy but here's why my probably imperfect understanding is:

there is only one count against Pease despite all horses being body scored (Henneke) at 2 or less with related "deferred maintenance" issues such as lack of farriery or vet attention to physical problems in addition to being malnourished.

the court date was supposed to be July 14. It got postponed with various mealymouthed excuses about vacations, anniversaries, "trips to Frankfort" etc. ad nauseum. The new court date is 7-28-09. IF it happens.

You can see the original report on Lex18 by going to their site and in the search box type "Pease".

It's my analysis that the people badmouthing the caregivers have their own agenda. Either they are false rescues with their noses out of joint because they aren't in line to get paid for being custodians of the horses, or they are hiding their identities and mixing things up in a ragged attempt to protect James "Les" Pease, his wife barbara Willoughby (the one who fed her own horse and bought $5,000-$9,000 jewelry, reports on $$ vary, while the others starved) and their trainers Betsy Webb and Don Bridges the former of whom operates a very fancy stables and shows the Pease horses on the saddlebred circuit. Reports are that the trainers are aware and other breeders and exhibitors are aware of the problem but some including the trainers are choosing to stand behind the money - Pease money that pays for jewelry and hundred thousand dollar show horses while mares and foals starve.

Hard not to get emotional about the unfairness of this.

There were some frankly horrifying photos posted somewhere, but they have been removed because they generated so much spite against Peases. Spite that certain forum posters insist is not earned by the Peases. These people forget that the peases were the ones who did this and prosecutors don't just one day wake up and choose someone out of a crowd to charge with animal cruelty. They have to have evidence first and it sure looks like pretty damning evidence.

"Chestnut beware" because you will probably be attacked and vilified in short order by the Peaselovers!
chestnut

Somerset, KY

#19 Jul 16, 2009
I'm waiting to be attacked. I've been watching the goings on in the other forum and I agree with everything you have said above.

I have a letter to the Judge over the case and I think I'm going to write a letter to the Judge Exec..if there is just one charge then the max fine is only $500! The AC officer, David Quinn (?)should have filed a count for each horse. I've heard that he didn't. The Judge can only impose the maximum. It's about making sure we can take care of the horses now and for their future but that these two people responsible are stopped from being allowed to reap any rewards of goodness from the horse industry ever. I would feel this way if it was an Arabian, Friesan, Quarterhorse, etc not just Saddlebred.
chestnut

Somerset, KY

#20 Jul 16, 2009
I probably will be quarterd and butchered! I can't believe how disgraceful a couple of these people are towards the people who have seen the horses and the man that's taking care of them.

I've seen the pics and the farm. I live in Mercer and Curry Pike is not far from where I live.

We need to make certain that not just 1 charge has been filed because the law can only impose the maximum fine which is $500. The AC officer, David Quinn (?) or whoever is above him should do a charge for each horse.
Shades of Gray

Aliso Viejo, CA

#21 Jul 16, 2009
They misfiled the case and are attempting to rectify it. That may or may not be able to be accomplished.

If you would all read carefully, not a single person has defended the owner's actions in their care of the horses.

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