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Denver police officer loses one vacation day after ‘forgetting’ about his horse

A Denver police officer has been docked one vacation day after he “forgot” and left his horse tied in a stall for 16 hours without food or water. By the time the horse was discovered, released, watered and fed, he soon suffered from a severe case of colic and had to be humanely euthanized.

According to Channel 9News, the Denver Police Department mounted patrol officer, Joseph Teeter ignored his horse MC Hammer after the two had patrolled the downtown area on September 26, 2016. Teeter returned the horse to the Denver Police Mounted Patrol Barn, removed the saddle and tied the horse-leaving two to three feet of slack. Documents state Tweeter “became distracted doing paperwork and forgot he had left the horse tied in the stall.”

MC Hammer was discovered the next morning still tied to the eyebolt. Although he was fed and watered, the horse colicked, however veterinarians could not conclude that the illness was a result of being tied for so long. In a December 20 disciplinary letter, Officer Teeter’s “forgetting” “exposed a live animal to cruel and extreme conditions.”

MC Hammer was ten years old and had been with the police force for nearly one year. The disciplinary letter stated Teeter was extremely remorseful about the situation and had been devastated at the time of the horse’s death. The district attorney’s office did not press charges.

Rest in peace MC Hammer.

(Photo of Denver police horse via website)

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Woman banned from keeping horses after seen on skeletal racehorse

A 22-year-old woman from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England has been banned for ten years from keeping horses after she posted photos on social media of her riding a skeletal racehorse.charlotte-mcpherson-2

According to the AngleNews, Charlotte McPherson was reported last March to the RSPCA after irate animal advocates photographed her riding a skeletal horse at a public event. The malnourished Thoroughbred named Thor’s bony hindquarters had been hidden from view with a heavy blanket.

On Monday, McPherson pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty at Birmingham Magistrate’s Court. She had been charged with causing unnecessary suffering by failing to investigate the cause of the horse’s emaciated condition, failing to protect him from pain and suffering and injury by riding the horse in such poor condition. During the time, McPherson had the horse, she continued to ride him in that emaciated condition at least twice a week.charlotte-mcpherson-3

“Not only was he thin, but he had a sore on his spine which was underneath the saddle,” reported RSPCA Inspector Suzi Smith. “Thor would have been in a lot of pain while he was being ridden.”

In addition to the ten year ban on keeping a horse, McPherson was also sentenced to a year of community service, 160 hours of unpaid work and several fines including victim surcharges. Thor has since been rehabilitated and adopted and is reported to be living a wonderful life.

(Photos of skeletal racehorse via Caters and RSPCA screenshots)

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Horse dished out justice after kicking student for slapping her on hindquarters

Three people face criminal charges after slapping a Kingston, Ontario police horse during the annual Queen’s University homecoming celebration on Saturday, but not before the horse dished out justice by kicking the student. According to Global News, the horse named Murney, had been on patrol with her partner Saturday afternoon when she was slapped multiple times.kingston-ontario-horse-2

A woman was released at the scene, but will be issued  a summons. Two men were arrested and have been charged with causing injury to a law enforcement animal.  A video posted on Instagram shows a woman running up behind a horse and slapping it on the side. The startled horse reacts and kicks her left rear foot causing the the woman to fall down. The young woman quickly gets back on her feet and runs away.

Murney is  one of the latest horses to join the team, and fortunately the horse kept her composure:kingston-ontario-horse-3

“It speaks to the danger of approaching a horse and striking it from behind,” Const. Steve Koopman told Global News. “It could have been a much worse situation… Luckily the animal didn’t bolt and the officer wasn’t harmed.”

Hopefully the woman and the other students learned not to  slap a horse on their behind. It could have been much worse!

Photos via Twitter

Disturbing cruelty: Horse dragged behind truck as foal follows to keep up

A horse owner, who tethered his mare to the back of his pickup truck and dragged her along main roadways in Lincolnshire has been slammed among citizens, animal advocates and social media for causing “distressful, traumatic and painful”  animal cruelty reports the Express.

horse-dragged-thru-traffic-2On Thursday, a heartbreaking 57-second video shows the frightened animal nearly getting hit by an oncoming driver at a T-Junction in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The blue vehicle was spotted when the driver pulled out of a field with the horse tied to the back of the truck, and a foal was left to frantically follow behind her mother.

The video clearly shows the horse struggling to keep up as the rope pulls tighter whenever the horse slows up. At one part in the video, the foal was almost hit by an oncoming vehicle as the baby had no idea what was happening and danced  around the traffic in pure fright. Cars swerved and braked to avoid hitting the young horse.

According to the Lincolnshire Echo, the RSPCA  has asked for the public’s help in identifying the driver.

“These images look very distressing; it must have been very traumatic and painful for this horse to be pulled along in this way with a foal trailing behind. Other road users are also being put in danger by the looks of these pictures…”

Anyone with information is asked to call the cruelty line on 0300 123 4999.

(Photos via screenshots of video)

View video here.