Minnesota Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

A Minnesota man is facing multiple animal cruelty charges after allegedly violating a horse residing in a stall at a farm near Rochester, Minn.

Olmstead County Sheriff's Department Det. Brad Nelson said that on May 29 the horse's owner called law enforcement authorities after discovering an acquaintance in the stall with the animal.

"The owner could see that horse was in distress and in pain," Nelson said.

Nelson said that the owner found out that the acquaintance had violated the horse by inserting his fist and a lancing whip into the horse's rectum.

A veterinarian was called to the scene to evaluate the animal. The horse was later euthanized due to injuries sustained in the incident, Nelson said.

On May 31 Sheriff's Department personnel arrested Gregory Soukup in connection with the incident. He is charged with felony animal cruelty and felony damage to property.

Soukup was unavailable for comment.

He is slated to appear in court on June 9.

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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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