California Men Arrested in Connection with Horse Abandonment

Two California men have been arrested in connection with the abandonment of a 20-year-old Thoroughbred horse.

John Welsh, public information chief for the Riverside County, Calif. Department of Animal Services, said Riverside Police Department personnel discovered the animal on May 13 near the Hidden Valley Nature Center in Riverside after a tipster reported seeing two men on horseback leading a third horse behind them. The men then rode out of the area, leaving the third horse behind.

"The horse has a lot of bumps and bruises, is blind in its right eye, and appears to be underweight," Welsh said.

The horse is now under Department of Animal Services care, Welsh said.

Riverside Police Department spokesman Lt. Guy Toussaint said Juan Jose Hidalgo Rodarte and Cresenciano Castro Reyes were arrested on charges of suspicion of felony animal cruelty and conspiracy to abandon a horse. Both men were transported to the Robert Presley Detention Center. Each was held on $5,000 bond.

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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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