Oregon Man Sentenced for Horse Dragging

The McMinnville, Ore. News-Register reports online that a Carlton, Ore., man admitted last week to wrapping a chain around the legs of a down horse and dragging it with a tractor. The man has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service, four days of jail time, and payment of veterinary bills for his surviving horses that were in varying states of starvation, according to the article.

Read the story here: www.newsregister.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=206662

According to the News-Register, "Robert Louis Greiner said he didn't know what else to do. 'I was just trying to help the horse the best I knew how,' he told Judge Cal Tichenor.

"Greiner, 64, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree animal neglect in exchange for dismissal of 10 counts of second-degree animal neglect," continued the article. Tichenor ordered Greiner to "avoid contact with pets of any kind for five years, including horses."

The deputy district attorney wants more jail time for Greiner, so she plans to file for a motion of reconsideration. Greiner's wife, Barbara, is scheduled to enter a guilty plea and undergo sentencing May 11.

Both Greiners were cited after a neighbor spotted the "flailing horse" being dragged across the pasture, said the article. Greiner claims he was trying to move the horse to a tree where he would hoist the horse. Authorities had to euthanatize the horse because of its weak and malnourished state. Additionally, it had sustained injuries in the incident and was bleeding from "its nose and mouth."

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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