A horse was spotted tied down in the bed of a pickup truck traveling down a Texas road in Corrigan on Saturday. Ami Parbs had been driving and spotted the strange situation; she posted the video her daughter recorded on her Facebook page, stating the horse was having difficulty standing up. The horse’s reins were being held through the back of the windshield.
On Tuesday morning, police say the man who drove with the tied horse may face animal cruelty charges. The video of the man driving 70 mph on Highway 59 drew widespread criticism. According to AbcNews, the driver was issued a citation for a defective tail lamp after he was pulled over, but more details have been described and authorities have expressed safety concerns to both the horse and to traffic.
In the police report, the horse’s back hooves were almost completely out of the back of the truck and the horse was only secured by its reins being held through the back window of the truck. The officers will submit a cruelty to animals report to the Polk County District Attorney’s Office for review and possible charges.