Man Charged for Allegedly Dragging Horse Behind ATV

An Oklahoma man has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly dragging his horse behind his all-terrain vehicle.

Rogers County, Oklahoma, Sheriff's Department documents indicate that deputies responded to a call on Aug. 11 reporting that horse owner John Spencer had allegedly tied his horse to an ATV and drove the vehicle at high speed for about 30 feet until the animal fell either by accident of from exhaustion.

Further investigation revealed that the mare had multiple injuries, including bleeding wounds on her lower right abdomen and at the top of her right leg. Skin on the animal's lower jaw was also raw and the horse was wet from sweat, the documents said.

“There was also no water nearby for the horse to drink,” the report said. “The horse was tied to a short lead and wouldn't have been able to reach water had it been brought to her.”

The report indicates that Spencer said he was frustrated with the horse for not being obedient, was trying to break her bad habits, and didn't intend to injure her.

A second allegedly maltreated horse was also found on the property. Both animals were relocated for veterinary and rehabilitative care.

Spencer was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of cruelty to animals. He is free on $5,000 bond, and was unavailable for comment.

The case remains pending.

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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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