Horse dragged by pickup truck recovering; suspect still at large

Horse dragged by pickup truck recovering; suspect still at large

Horse dragged by pickup truck recovering; suspect still at large

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by Gary Cooper / KENS 5

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Posted on December 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM

A gruesome case of animal cruelty has placed one horse in the care of a well-known rescue facility from South Texas.

In mid-November, witnesses in Bastrop County said a man tied a horse to the back of a pickup truck, then decided to drive off.

The horse was said to have kept up with the truck as well as it could, but eventually its legs gave up and the animal was dragged for about 100 feet.

Witnesses said the driver then exited the pickup, kicked the horse, then drove off again -- dragging the horse some more.

Eventually, the animal was let go, but it had scrapes that exposed cartilage and bone on the left side of its body. The suspect got away.

The horse has since been in the care of Meadow Haven Horse Rescue just north of Nixon, Texas.

The owner and director of the rescue, Darla Cherry, said the horse (now named Dragster) is rehabilitating and is expected to make a full recovery.

Cherry said the horse's youth and willing attitude are playing a large part in the success of the recovery process thus far. Dragster is roughly six years old.

The suspect, who faces felony animal cruelty charges, is still at large and was last seen southeast of Austin.

 

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