Authorities Search for Man who Abandoned Abused Horse

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Source: Santa Barbara County Animal Services

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Santa Barbara County Animal Services received a call of a sick horse dumped in the 6000 block of Dominion Road in Santa Maria. When Animal Control Officers arrived they were led to a Bay Thoroughbred mare, approximately 16 hands tall, very thin, with open abscesses on her neck, swelling on her abdomen and chest, and a few abrasions on her back (see included images).

The mare was transported to an equine veterinary hospital for care and her prognosis at this time is guarded.

Community members watched as the horse was unloaded from the trailer and the driver quickly fled. Santa Barbara County Animal Services has received photos of the vehicle and trailer used when the horse was dumped but the license plate was not legible. The vehicle appears to be a tan colored Suburban and the trailer appears to be a brown and white, two horse, bumper pull, trailer (see included images).

We are seeking the public’s help to identify the person responsible for abandoning this horse. If you recognize this vehicle or have any information that may assist with this investigation, you are urged to contact Santa Barbara County Animal Services at 805-934-6119 dial extension 6.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services takes animal abuse very seriously. Abandonment is illegal and punishable by California Penal Code 597s. Santa Barbara County is an animal friendly community and there are many resources available to animal owners who feel they can no longer provide care for their animals.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is committed to the welfare of all animal species in Santa Barbara County. Donations to help with the care of this horse and other abandoned animals can be made at www.sbcanimalservices.org. Once medically cleared, this abandoned mare will be searching for a new pasture. If you are interested in meeting her once cleared send an email to smadoption@sbcphd.org.

 

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biguglystick Oct 25, 2018 11:26 AM
Authorities Search for Man who Abandoned Abused Horse

We need much harsher punishments for animal cruelty. As we evolve, we understand how much more sentient animals are than we give them credit for. If they could speak, mankind would weep. STRICTER PUNISHMENTS FOR ANIMAL ABUSERS! Lawmakers, listen UP!

a-1573679781 Oct 31, 2018 02:46 PM
Authorities Search for Man who Abandoned Abused Horse

Please, RHS, respond with discussion rather than down voting, so that all readers can follow the entire conversation! I wouldn't have expected you to support making comments disappear, isn't that overkill?

RHS Oct 26, 2018 09:53 AM
Authorities Search for Man who Abandoned Abused Horse

I am one who is down voting calls for vengeance and retribution. The idea that "harsher" punishment is effective is the same as the call for more violence in raising children. Sharia Law is full of this sort of stuff. Modern societies work to temper punishment to be effective in accomplishing the goal of less antisocial behavior. Europe has extremely less crime and extremely lower punishments.

horsegirl Oct 25, 2018 07:08 PM
Authorities Search for Man who Abandoned Abused Horse

Who keeps downvoting your comments about stricter punishment for animal abuse? I’d like to see why they disagree. Not only is abusing a helpless creature who depends on you despicable in its own right, but it also is a HUGE indicator for violence against humans

420722 Oct 24, 2018 03:01 PM
Authorities Search for Man who Abandoned Abused Horse

There’s a white sticker on the back window and it looks like it may have custom rims. That should help narrow the search a little although in Santa Maria Chevy Tahoe’s with shiny rims are a dime a dozen. Poor horse, hopefully it’s curable :)

a-1573679781 Oct 25, 2018 11:41 AM
Authorities Search for Man who Abandoned Abused Horse

What's wrong with people is social training that encourages short cuts and tending to number one first. This is the essence of the capitalist system. This person was just making a decision to ease his burden on the shoulders of others and this sort of greed and indifference is applauded by our society in general.

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