Two Charged in California Horse Beating Incident

Two California men are facing charges for allegedly beating a horse in the head with a sledgehammer.

According to a Tulare County Sheriff's Department incident report, just after 4 p.m. on May 27, law enforcement personnel responded to a tipster's report that two men were beating a horse with a sledgehammer. Upon arrival, Sheriff's Deputies discovered a horse tied to a flatbed trailer in the driveway of a residence in Porterville. The animal was alive, but had sustained head trauma. A veterinarian called to the scene examined the animal and subsequently euthanized the horse due to the severity of its injuries.

Maximo Rodriguez and Martin Padilla were arrested and each charged with animal cruelty in connection with the incident.

Neither man was available for comment.

The investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

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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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