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Horse Tied, Pulled Behind Truck Sparks Animal Abuse Investigation

By Matt Kroschel of Denver CBS Local

GRAND LAKE, Colo. (CBS4) – Video posted on Facebook showing a horse tied to the back of a pickup truck and being pulled has sparked outrage across the country. The Grand County Sheriff’s Office has seized the horse, named Trigger, which is at the center of an animal abuse investigation.

The horse’s owners, who did not want to be identified, talked to CBS4’s Matt Kroschel from their home in Grand County on Monday.

“You make one bad decision sometimes and it can destroy your life,” the woman told CBS4. “I’ve lost my job over this, I’ve upset a lot of people. I made our horse go through something that he shouldn’t have. I was wrong.”

The Grand County Sheriff’s office launched an investigation after numerous people contacted them about the video posted Sunday on Facebook. In the video, a horse can be seen tied by its halter to the back of a pickup truck as the truck drives away, pulling the horse for at least 100 yards down the snow-covered road.

“Cases involving kids and animals are obviously very emotional,” said Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin. “We need to do our part of the investigation which sometimes takes a little bit longer than what the community is hoping.”

The Grand County Sheriff said deputies learned about the video and immediately responded by launching an investigation Sunday evening.

Trigger is a new addition to the family. The new owner said the horse gave his past owners problems.

“I’m very sorry. I get why people are upset,” Trigger’s owner told CBS4. “I was so stupid, I don’t know why we did it.”

Trigger was taken from the home and will be evaluated by animal welfare officers. The couple owns two other horses. Those horses were not seized on Monday.

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  1. Pure Insanity! I just don’t understand people anymore with their cruelty towards innocent animals.. Why do they own them if they have no respect or devotion to take care of them? Beyond my scope here.. I have said that so many times.. So horribly sad for the innocent ones. Many tears!

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    • This is cruelty, as is the BLM Rounding up Horses using Helicopters, why are they above the Law, when they Kill and Lame Horses, Colts, Mares every time they have a roundup, of which cost Tax Payers Millions each Year.

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  2. Good, thank you. I first saw this video posted on Cowboy 911. The man driving the truck is named as John Saldate, the video I think was taken by his wife, same last name. Cheryl Kempf


  3. The original video had the speaker bemoaning how the horse was “barn sour” and laughing. I thought the horse was perhaps an overworked dude ranch employee who had good reasons not to want to move on command. It’s even worse to learn this horse is a new purchase, so has little history with these new owners, and that they obviously have no business thinking they can or should be training horses — especially those who have a history of being passed hand to hand. I own one who was given up on by more than seven people before he was three years old. I got him and though he was surely a challenge, he is still with me today (over 22 years later) and has taught me a lot even though I was a pro, and taught perhaps thousands of people how to ride, safely and sanely. He was so damaged from his early life he was heading to the kill pen through no fault of his own, but once he was able to say “yes” to people and life, he has been as good as they come. He has some magnificent stories now.


    “For the first time, a national law has been passed by Congress to protect animals from cruelty and abuse,” said Republican Congressman Vern Buchanan, who along with Ted Deutch, a Democrat, was instrumental in getting the bill through the House.

    While there are state laws across the country that cover animal welfare and cruelty, the new federal law fills what Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, calls “a gap in a law.”

    “We cannot change the horrors of what animals have endured in the past, but we can crack down on these crimes moving forward. This is a day to celebrate,” Amundson said in a statement.

    “I’m grateful to see the PACT Act finally signed into law. The barbaric torture of animals has no place in a civilized society and should be a crime—and thanks to this new law, now it is,” said Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal. Blumenthal pushed the bill through the Senate with co-sponsor Republican Pat Toome.

    And as some have also pointed out, animal violence is an oft-overlooked factor associated with interpersonal violence.

    For example, a study published in 2008 found that 57 percent of domestic abuse victims reported a pet being abused or even killed by the perpetrators. Another, published in 2013, found that 43 percent of school shooters had committed acts of animal cruelty. It’s a connection frequently referred to as “the link.”

    “Given the undeniable link between cruelty to animals and interpersonal violence, it is vital that animal abuse, as well as its gratuitous depictions, be stamped out at every turn,” said Williamson.

    “Research shows that individuals who derive pleasure from inflicting violence towards animals often don’t stop with animals and these individuals pose a serious threat to society.”

    However, Williamson said that while a “step in the right direction,” the Pact Act “doesn’t go nearly far enough.”

    “The PACT Act could be made far stronger by removing exemptions for animals killed for food, sport or those used in scientific research, given the vast majority of cruelty to animals takes place in the agricultural and scientific sectors.”

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  4. These people should never be allowed to own any animals as this is pure evil and goes directly to what kind of an animal would do this to a Horse, if we are to be judged by the treatment of our animals then he needs to go to jail and before you do tie him to the back of a truck and drag him so he will know the same fear this Horse did. I have no patience for soulless people who hurt the helpless and I hope he goes to jail and I am going to post out what he did everywhere I can and his apology is BS, you don’t do such an evil act then say sorry when your exposed for your cruelty.


  5. I’m thankful for small mercies today, seeing that “Trigger” was tied to the truck with what appear to be chains wrapped up around behind his ears, if the roads had been dry he might have been pulled apart. Sliding on the snow may have saved his life. I hope Grand County will get Trigger to a better home, and a good horse chiropractor. I also hope they regularly monitor the conditions of the two horses still owned by these people.

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