Bozeman – The Gallatin County Sheriff’s office continues to investigate alleged animal neglect at the Kountz Arena in Bozeman. Lt. Arlyn Graydanus has confirmed the horse and calf involved in the allegations were both euthanized.
Several people who say they witnessed the abuse at Kountz arena are stepping forward. One woman who did not want us to use her last name said she was getting her horse ready when she was called over to see something at one end of the arena.
“I seen the stud laying on the ground with part of its leg missing and it was a very, very horrific site to see,” said Shelly.
Another woman who was there, took photos that have now been shared hundreds of times on social media.
Kristie said she was also getting ready when she was called over to the scene by a friend. She said across from the horse, she saw a calf lying in its own feces.
The Sheriff’s office was called to the scene as well as a veterinarian. Kristie said once they left, two men came and forced the horse to get up and walk into a trailer.
“They forced that animal to get up and walked that animal out of that barn in the most disgusting way I’ve ever seen an animal move in,” said Kristie. “You could see the unbearable pain with every step that animal took.”
A petition started circulating over the weekend asking for prosecution. According to Lt. Greydanus, this is still an open investigation into animal neglect and they are still interviewing people about what happened.
We have reached out to the owners of Kountz arena for comment and have not heard back.