Truck Driver Sought in Connection with Oklahoma Highway Incident

Law enforcement authorities in Oklahoma are seeking the driver of a truck that was pulling an overloaded horse trailer from which five horses fell onto Interstate 44 in Tulsa County last week.

Tulsa County Sheriff's Deputy David Long said that on April 22 six or seven horses were traveling in a trailer intended to carry four horses when the trailer's back door opened and five of the horses fell out onto the highway.

"The driver kept going and never stopped, until he got further down the road and closed the back of the trailer," Long said. "One or two more horses were still in the trailer."

City of Tulsa Animal Control and Tulsa County Sheriff's Department personnel gathered the animals and removed them from the scene.

"All the horses were in bad shape with new injuries on top of old injuries," Long said.

All five horses were examined by a veterinarian and subsequently euthanized as a result of their injuries, Long said.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Tulsa County Sheriff's Department continue to investigate the incident. Investigators are seeking the driver of the white pickup truck that was pulling the silver horse trailer at the time of the incident. If found, the driver could face animal cruelty charges for abandoning the animals, Long said.

Anyone with information about the incident should call 918/596-5704.

About the Author

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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