The sheriff’s office in Bastrop County, Texas, is investigating after reports of possible abuse and/or neglect at property off of Highway 969. As reported by KXAN, the sight of a dying, emaciated horse in a field prompted multiple calls about possible animal cruelty.
A heartbreaking situation
The heartbreaking situation was brought to light by a social media user who bore witness to the dying, skeletal horse. Facebook user Tondra Daily wrote:
“saw this poor soul in the middle of a hot pasture dying slowly, covered in flies, struggling to get up far from water and no shade… With owners not far off. How long has he been suffering? How can we as humans allow this kind of suffering?”
“I told him I was so sorry, asked for his forgiveness and told him he was a good boy. I couldn’t hold back tears as I talked to the sherriff… The owner eventually came out with his wife and kicked me off his property. I begged him to put the suffering creature out of his misery but he insisted none of it was my business and told me to get the hell on.”
According to KXAN, the sheriff’s office is trying to determine if the horse simply died of natural causes, or if there was neglect at play. Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook told KXAN that the property owner runs a rodeo rescue operation. He stated that the allegations of possible cruelty are being taken seriously.
What are your thoughts? Should animals be allowed to die a “natural death” if it means prolonged suffering?
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