Heartbreaking Horse Abuse in Prunedale
March 19, 2012
At approximately 10pm on a cold and rainy Saturday, March 17 an anonymous witness watched as a pick-up truck towing an old, white, two-door trailer pulled over near Compagna Way off Elkhorn Road in Prunedale. Using the cover of darkness the driver unloaded an emaciated, 25-year-old bay gelding and drove away.
The horse was left with no shelter amid the rain and hail that drenched Monterey County over the weekend. What’s more the animal suffered from fistulous withers, an extremely painful and debilitating skin disease that covered its back with open, pus-filled wounds that subsequently became a breeding ground for maggots.
The witness called the SPCA for Monterey County who in turn contacted Monterey County Equine veterinary services. After an on-site exam the veterinarian was forced to humanely euthanize the horse.
The SPCA is offering a $1000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the horses neglect. Any and all information about the owners of or the horse itself can be reported to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department by calling 755-5111 or the SPCA at 264-5421.
If apprehended the perpetrator is facing charges that include: permitting animals to go without veterinary care; animal cruelty; deprivation of food, water and shelter; and abandonment.