Henderson Co. woman charged with animal cruelty after horses recovered

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — A woman is charged with animal cruelty after turning over several horses from her property last week near Reagan.

Cindy Elaine Keen

Cindy Elaine Keen

Cindy Elaine Keen, 54, was charged Sept. 19 after the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture about suspected livestock abuse at her property on Sheppard Road, according to a report from the department.

See our earlier story about the recovery effort here.

Keen reportedly had 13 miniature horses in a lot with no grass and one bail of hay, five more miniature horses and five full-size horses, some of which were thin and had health issues, according to the report. The was another miniature stud tied separately.

Keen told deputies she rescues the animals from kill trucks and tries to get them back to health.

An agent with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture told Keen she was not doing a good job keeping the animals and recommended she turn them over to a rescue.

The agent brought Redemption Road Rescue, and Keen agreed she was unable to keep the animals the way she should and gave them to the rescue, according to the release.

The agent with the Department of Agriculture told deputies she would have a report sent to the sheriff’s office for further review.