Women describe “horrific” scene at horse arena in Bozeman

SOURCE:  kxlf.com

7319270_G   Authorities are investigating allegations of animal neglect after this horse was discovered missing part of its leg at Kountz Arena. The stallion has been euthanized.

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.

35 comments on “Women describe “horrific” scene at horse arena in Bozeman

  1. What is wrong with some people!!!
    Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse or animal neglect, is the human infliction of suffering or harm upon non-human animals, for purposes other than self-defense or survival.

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    • OMG, HORRIFIC is almost too weak a word to describe this. Close this place down, now. And yes, a thousand times over, WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE. Please get this investigation moving, and prosecute the crap out of whoever is responsible. Shameful and gut wrenching to think of the pain these animals had to endure. I can only hope that what goes around indeed comes around.

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  2. Being from Montana, I am very ashamed of this!! we ranchers have enough of a hard time as it is, then to have this happen! for shamed. to me there is no excuse for this. I do not let this happen to any of mine. I do all that I can to save them, I know I will lose the battle at times, but as long as there is hope I will keep going.

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    • Thanks, Julie, and I doubt if everyone is going to blame all of the people in Montana for this. The people at this auction are the ones who need to be held accountable.

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    • Julie, I’m from Montana also. I’m appalled. I really do think that Montana needs stricter animal abuse laws. Over the past couple of years a puppy mill of Alaskan Malamutes was shut down. He wanted his dogs back! I say, “not on your life, buddy.” And this last summer some neglected horses were taken from a rescue sanctuary in Three Forks that couldn’t care for them. They were malnourished, but, I believe all have been recovering. I know this kinda stuff happens everywhere, you just hope it doesn’t “in your own backyard”.

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      • I also was part of a rescue. when the Hot Springs one was shut down. I help and trailered the donkeys and mini’s out of there. all 17 donkeys had growth in there hoofs the worst ones had over 48 inches of hoof that had to come off. half got abuses in there hoof. the minis donkeys and one horse also had some problems. we were able to save all of them and all found good homes. I agree in some ways we do need hard laws. but coming from a ranchers point of view, I just don’t know

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      • Almost every animal cruelty statute exempts livestock, citing “commonly accepted agricultural practices” or something similar. I’ve never seen that defined, but it would be helpful to understand what’s acceptable and what isn’t.

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      • as a rancher this is not accepted by me or others that I know. our job is 24/7. when lambing, kidding, calveing etc. happens it is long nights, long days, plus all the other chores and caring for them. it is not a life for most, when you live this life, you are responsible for other lives. you have to do what is best for them to the best of your ability! yes I raise mine for meat, does not mean I do not care, it is how I make my living is by feeding others! I do know what is wrong, what is right. and most ranchers do. please do not put all ranchers in one place, a lot of us care and fight for that life to live, we know we will lose, that is why when we win and that life is able to live, yes it is bittersweet!

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      • Julie, I have good friends who raise cattle and train horses, so I understand and appreciate ranch life. However, if asked to define livestock abuse, I’m sure they’d say, “We’ll know it when we see it.” and probably talk about property rights. I know the “slippery slope” argument comes into play, but how can law enforcement prosecute what is clearly livestock abuse without even the most basic code?

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  3. What kind of person sees this & “takes a picture & posts it on social media”???? If this doesn’t say something about current attitudes towards abuse! What do they think this is – “reality” tv? Honest, I think people need to get off Facebook and stop watching video games! Too many don’t have any conception of actual real life. I suppose I’m in the minority but frankly social media is for the birds….

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    • Maybe they wanted to let people know what was going on at this auction, and maybe they weren’t sure what steps to take.

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      • Sorry, I ranted more than I intended to! But really, calling the local cops would seem to be a start. I just cringe thinking about someone standing there taking a picture of these poor animals laying there suffering then posting it to Facebook. Maybe call 911? Sure seems like an emergency to me. But you’re right – most people don’t realize there are advocates or sanctuaries out there that could at the least point them in the right direction. (Debbie – you are always a voice of reason)!

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  4. This story is rather confusing in that it states at the beginning that the stallion was euthanized, but then goes on to say that it was forced to stand up and walk into a trailer, and the investigation is ongoing. When exactly was the horse euthanized? While I agree with Maggie that social media seems to have made many people callous, it is also a good way to connect with advocacy organizations and keep oneself apprised of what is going on with the fiasco that is the BLM and western welfare ranchers. I’m wondering though why the people are just now stepping forward to report this abuse. I’m thinking that taking the pictures for proof and immediately reporting this to the authorities would have been the proper procedure.

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    • Vickie, when they first saw this horse he was down, then they watched as 2 people got him up, and hopped to a trailer, loaded him and drove away. the calf was to weak to get up. they reported it before they took pictures.

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    • Perhaps the vet didn’t know the people who promised to euthanize the horse would force him to walk before they did it.

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  5. Unfortunately, like so many other states, Montana’s animal abuse statutes exempt livestock, which will probably give them an out. It’s possible under (4)(a) they might be convicted of something that will likely result in “a slap on the wrist”: “(4) Nothing in this section prohibits: (a) a person from humanely destroying an animal for just cause; or (b) the use of commonly accepted agricultural and livestock practices on livestock.” I’ve never read a definition of “… commonly accepted agricultural and livestock practices on livestock.” Maybe the FBI has one. http://asci.uvm.edu/equine/law/cruelty/mt_cruel.htm

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    • In New Mexico we’ve tried to pass legislation that treats all animals the same for years. Among other changes, it would add a 4th Degree Felony Animal Cruelty provision. Livestock interests – including the NM Livestock Board – continue to oppose removal of the livestock exemption.

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      • Agreed, Linda, and thank you for all of your efforts as a long time advocate. Your wise input is always appreciated.

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      • I appreciate your kind words, Debbie, and thanks to you as well. Being an advocate has been challenging lately, but I’m doing my best to stay on track.

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  6. Absolutely Criminal, Procecute to the fullist extent, I cried for those poor babies pain, I am sick of Horse and all animal abuse !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Law enforcement is NOT doing their job. The county or city grand jury system should be brought in and audit the capability of the agency to do its job. And fire them, because they will find the prejudice is interferring with their ability to enforce the law. There should be no doubt, this was an agregious act of unlawful torture, malicious infliction of pain and distress = animal cruelty.

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    • Agreed, Jan. I look forward to the day we don’t have to post things like this for public awareness and discussion.

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    • Janwindsong, the law enforcement have their hands tied. for there is not “a law” to follow. honestly they are doing the best they can. I know when we had “Able” here in the Bitterroots, yes they had the book thrown at them and were put in prision(sp). so please research the laws of Montana, and every state. for all the states have different laws

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  8. If these kinds of abuse are not proscuted, this will never stop. Throw the book at the person or persons responsible!!

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    • Linda, yes many are pulling out!! that is the awesome news, because of the show that was held there this past weekend all of this came to light! that is the blessing for those poor animals. they are finally at peace. a lot is going on when there are updates I will try to post here. as I encourage others too.

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  9. Ok. Because we are a Western Shop I wanted to start with simply saying I wish this was a One time incident. It isnt. The sad thing is its not the only horse thats ever had a hoof fall off. Because over the years I had not been either an activist or an advocate I was walking through arenas…barns…farms…breeding sheds…and pastures across the Nation. Then things were different. No facebook or online help and many times the offenders would cry or simply get violent and get outta trouble. These types are so close to the fire they dont feel anymore. Their words make claims but their actions are unfeeling. Its logical to them. Theres always a back story and of course one vet visit. Ya notice the vet isnt mentioned but one time. The height of emotion is theirs and they dont see what their doing To animals but what is happening to their feelings. This horse and calf suffers and guess what to their state thats Normal. Its Normal for the offenders to reason the hoof falling off when it defies logic. My horse injured its hock so I immediately had him in the University for care and a pin placed in his hock. These foljs had a seriously incredible bad scenario and literally quit functioning in reality. Your first thought should be Do Something….your Second whats best for the Animal and Your Last thought is finally yours. But you jump into action. This is sadly not uncommon but rarely exposed. In the past the law enforcement fell for the drama of the offender. Now theres no time to do so. People havent come as far out of the past as we had hoped. This horse and calf didnt deserve this. If a horse is twenty and this bad off you offer it peace in passing. Theres more to the story you as advocates and rescuers will never know. Its part of it. Bozeman should be spotlighted to say this Stops Here and Now. But on Each hidden farm and ranch it gives you pause to consider why are ranchers so angry? What do they have to hide? Is This what they have to protect the right to hide? How can your horse lay so severly injured a hoof falls off and you hold shows and life goes on with him laying there hearing it? How can they be so insensitive? One farm in the 90s had a severely injured show stud that they kept alive for 3 or months just to get semen. We have the Right to expose cruelty and they want the Right to hide it. Thats No Contest to me.

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