Woman Involved In Notorious Animal Abuse Case Is On The Run

Posted at 2:18 PM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 14:18:00-04

(LEX 18) A woman involved in a notorious case of animal cruelty in Central Kentucky has disappeared in violation of her parole.

Thirteen years ago, Nancy Freeman and Katherine Freeman, formerly known as Nancy and Katherine Nygaard, were arrested on charges of animal neglect and cruelty.

In 2005, the two were charged after several horses were found starving to death on their property in Versailles. Nancy was acquitted of all charges but Katherine was found guilty and sentenced to 90 days in jail. Another investigation was underway in 2010 when the two fled the state.

Thirteen years later, the two committed similar animal abuse crimes in Tennessee and Arkansas before finally being caught in Florida in 2015. 

In Florida, on a property belonging to the two women, deputies discovered rampant animal abuse. They observed several dogs and cats inside with no food or water. A horse was found dead and decaying in a stall along, with ten caged rabbits, of which five were deceased. 

They also found a stolen horse trailer.

Nancy has since passed away, but now, police say Katherine Freeman has violated her parole.

Katherine Freeman violated her parole in Florida and now people are concerned about what she could do next.

"When you called about it, my red flag went up and I was thinking ‘oh no don’t come back to Kentucky.’ Now we’re going to have to be on our toes to make sure she doesn’t come back here, and if she does, we need to make sure we can get the word out that she’s back, and the history that she’s had," said Elizabeth Cecil with Animal Control. 

Cecil said that she is confident the Commonwealth’s Attorney would have had a conviction in the 2010 investigation if the pair hadn’t fled the state.

If you have information on Katherine Freeman’s whereabouts, contact police.