Horse abuse suspect speaks out ahead of hearing


Frank Johnson is speaking out after authorities charged him with 45 counts of horse abuse for neglecting horses on his Hoyt farm. He was breeding them to race.

“It makes me mad these people that take them have admitted to me that they don’t know anything about horses,” Johnson told KSNT News, in an exlusive interview.

Neighbors said Johnson left his horses in horrible conditions, without enough hay and water, and there was a lack of shelter.

“They were starving… they were eating leaves off the trees,” said neighbor Brook Greene. “They were nice, healthy-looking horses to skeletal within 6 months.”

Authorities removed all horses from his farm. Johnson said his horses were fine.

“These horses were well taken care of,” Johnson said.

While Johnson faces 45 counts of criminal charges of animal cruelty, he’s also fighting to get the horses back.

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