Wayne County couple pleads guilty to animal cruelty
seized Wayne County horses
A Wayne County couple has pled guilty to animal cruelty involving the care of nine horses and 16 dogs.
Timothy and Michelle Jefcoat of the Beat Four Community were arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff's Department in February and charged with eight counts of animal cruelty.
The animals involved in the case were being cared for by the couples 19 year old daughter while they were working out of state. A complaint by a neighbor to the sheriff's department by a neighbor brought about the investigation.
Trails End Horse Haven and the Southern Pines Animal Shelter were brought in to check the conditions of the animals. All of the horses were extremely malnourished. One was in such bad shape it had to be put to sleep at the home.
The dogs, all Dachshunds, were being used for breeding and selling the puppies. They all were living in extremely overcrowded conditions and all were infested with ear mites.
Eight of the 11 Dachshunds on the property were seized and taken to the shelter. They all have since made a full recovery and six of the eight have been adopted.
Five of the six seized horses have been adopted from Trails End Horse Haven. The sixth is still healing but is getting better everyday.
The Jefcoat's appeared in Wayne County Justice Court on Feb. 16 and pled guilty to one count each of animal cruelty. Judge Charles Chapman ordered the couple to pay more than $13,000 in fines and restitution.