Alleged Rodeo Horse Abuse Probed in Colorado

Colorado law enforcement authorities are investigating allegations that horse abuse took place at an event at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.

Boulder County Sheriff's Office Public Information Specialist Carrie Haverfield said that, on Feb. 17, personnel from the Sheriff's Department and the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department responded to a complaint that a horse used in a rodeo event at the fairgrounds was being abused. The hosts of the rodeo had rented space from the county fairgrounds to stage the event, Haverfield said. 

Boulder County Sheriff's Commander Heidi Prentup said the animal had been used to rope a steer in a roping class.

We are investigating a puncture injury to the horse's right rear haunch, Prentup said. The horse's owner is caring for it at home; a veterinarian has been consulted.

No one had been charged in connection with the incident.

Both Prentup and Haverfield declined to comment further on the ongoing investigation.

While the probe continues, anyone who has information about the incident should call the Boulder County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Unit at 303/441-3626.

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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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