Arkansas Man Charged in Equine Cruelty Case

An Arkansas man is facing felony cruelty charges for allegedly tying a horse to a tree for weeks without access to food or water.

Miller County Sheriff's Dept. Chief Deputy Duke Schofield said that law enforcement personnel discovered the bones and hide of the animal after a tipster reported finding the horse's remains last week.

"It was obvious that the horse had been tied to the tree because of the path worn on the ground around the tree," Schofield said. "It's more likely that the horse died of thirst before it starved."

Police subsequently arrested Cal Jones, of Mandeville, in connection with the horse's death, Schofield said. Jones is charged with one count of Class D felony animal cruelty and, if convicted, he could face penalties including up to 10 years in jail, Schofield said.

Jones remains in jail in lieu of bond. He was unavailable for comment.

Another horse owned by Jones is under a relative's care, Schofield said, and sheriff's department personnel are monitoring that animal's care.

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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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