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Settlement Reached in Benton Co. Abused Horses Case

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- The owners accused of neglecting 10 horses in Benton County appeared before a judge on Wednesday.

Stephen Randolph Scott and Elaine Marie Scott agreed in a court order to surrender all ownership rights of the horses to Redemption Road Rescue, the non-profit group fostering the horses. The Scotts are also not allowed to own livestock or care for animals for 11 months and 29 days.

"We just wanted them to be surrendered to the rescue so that we could adopt them to permanent homes," said Redemption Road Rescue caretaker Melissa Floyd.

A friend speaking on behalf of the Scotts told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News, while the Scotts agreed to the terms of the settlement, they do not believe the horses were neglected.

The four counts of animal cruelty will be dropped in a year, if Stephen and Elaine Scott comply with the court order.
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