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Former Chattanooga horse trainer indicted

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Horse trainer Jackie McConnell, right, leaves the Joel W. Solomon Federal Courthouse downtown with his attorney Hugh Moore. / Doug Strickland. Times Free Press. Horse trainer Jackie McConnell, right, leaves the Joel W. Solomon Federal Courthouse downtown with his attorney Hugh Moore. / Doug Strickland. Times Free Press.

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A Grand Jury has indicted A former Chattanooga horse trainer.

Jackie Mcconnell is charged with 38 counts of animal cruelty after a 2011 undercover investigation.

Mcconnell is already serving three years probation and paying a $75,000 fine for a felony conviction.

Humane society cameras captured footage of Mcconnell brutally beating horses and injecting painful chemicals into horses' legs -- a practice known as soring.

Two of Mcconnell's co-defendants were also indicted on animal abuse charges.

This case of horse soring is the first of its kind in Tennessee.

"Unfortunately, the owners who placed theirhorses in McConnell's training stables have not expressed the slightest regretor remorse for the torture these animals endured, and still need to be heldaccountable," says Keith Dane, directorof equine protection for The HSUS.


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