Horse Abuse Defendants Extradited to Georgia

Hazelene Trexler, 70, and Terry Trexler, 44, were on their way to Georgia Thursday morning to face multiple counts of animal cruelty, according to Jefferson County, Ga., Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Kitchens. Two deputies were slated to leave Jefferson County, at 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning to transport the Trexlers to Jefferson County Jail, Kitchens said. They are scheduled to appear in Jefferson County Court on Friday, March 7, for a bond hearing.

"After that, Terry Trexler will be extradited back to South Carolina because there is another charge against him there," Kitchens said. "If Hazelene is able to post bond, she will be released on bond."

Hazelene E. Trexler, and her son Terry A. Trexler each face 30 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty by starvation stemming from the alleged abuse of 60 malnourished horses on property they leased in Southeast Georgia. Terry Trexler is also charged with one count of allowing an animal to run at large, according to Kitchens.

Each animal cruelty charge carries penalties of up to $1,000 or up to one year incarceration.

They also face Georgia Department of Agriculture citations for violating the Dead Animal Disposal Act, and for violating quarantine of the horses.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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