Help for horse with halter embedded in head

It is hoped that the horse who was found with a halter embedded in his head can be saved.
It is hoped that the horse who was found with a halter embedded in his head can be saved.

A horse with a halter embedded in its head has been taken for urgent veterinary attention in Utah.

Authorities in Davis County were alerted to the animal’s plight by Patti and Brett Bass, who happened upon the pasture last Saturday during a bike ride.

Davis County Animal Care and Control issued its standard “five day” order requiring the owner to have the animal treated as soon as possible by a veterinarian.

Davis County Animal Care and Control director Clint Thacker told The Deseret News that the injuries were not life-threatening, and when that was the case, the actions available to animal control were limited.

“If they don’t comply, we will escalate enforcement up to a citation of animal cruelty and impound the animals,” Thacker told the website.

Brett Bass said he was appalled at the potential delay of up to five days for treatment, saying it appeared to him the horse was visibly in pain.

The potential delay in treatment also worried the Humane Society of Utah (HSU), which issued a statement calling on Davis County animal control officials to alter their standard “five day” order and require the horse to be treated as soon as possible.

“The horse’s halter has been left on for such a prolonged period of time that it is now deeply embedded in the skin across the horse’s face, which appears to be infected, causing the animal to suffer,” the statement said.

The case cannot be classified as a felony as horses are not considered companion animals under Utah’s felony 'torture' statute.
The case cannot be classified as a felony as horses are not considered companion animals under Utah’s felony ‘torture’ statute.

“HSU Animal Cruelty Investigator John Fox calls this one of the more severe cases he’s seen in his 40 years on the job.

“The HSU believes the owner of these horses is subject to citation for misdemeanor animal cruelty. The case cannot be classified as a felony as horses are not considered companion animals under Utah’s felony ‘torture’ statute,” the society said.

The society’s communication director, Carl Arky, told Horsetalk today that the horse is getting help.

“Fortunately, local authorities expedited matters today,” he said.

“The horse was taken to a vet this afternoon.

“We will have to see if it can be saved … we certainly hope so.

“There’s a great deal of interest from the public and I believe public pressure helped get this horse the attention and help it needs. The owner has been issued citations.”

Arky said the society commended Thacker and the Davis County Animal Care and Control department for interceding on behalf of the horse.

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14 thoughts on “Help for horse with halter embedded in head

  • May 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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    This poor guy!!! The owner should be getting way more than citations as far as I am concerned. How could anyone let this horse get in this shape? Had to have be going on a long time for it to be that embedded. All this owner would have had to do was take the dang halter off obviously it was too little! Maybe I’m wrong just going off what I see and what I swee is pitiful!!~!!

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  • May 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm
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    Surely a ‘five day order’ should be waived in this case. Seems inhumane to knowingly leave an animal in this condition for five days in the hope the owner *might* do something about it….

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  • May 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm
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    Obvious abuse & neglect. Animal Control should intervene immediately, but hide behind their badges. Don’t want to hear about the owners rights, the law, etc. Ridiculous. And a horse IS a companion animal. I just hope this guy can pull through a little bit longer.

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  • May 2, 2013 at 3:02 am
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    What a pretty horse! Oh I am pleased that he has gone to the vets now and hopefully saved. The owner should be strung up and the ropes left to bite into his body SLOWLY.

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  • May 2, 2013 at 11:14 pm
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    Owners Rights? How anyone wait when the horse is obviously in great pain. LETS GET OUT PRIORTIES STRAIGHT

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  • May 3, 2013 at 3:15 am
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    Horses and livestock need better protection from such ignorant abuse/neglect – they are sentient beings who suffer and this “owner” demonstrates he is not capable to care properly for this horse – by making him suffer like this. The laws need to toughen up and punish such cruel acts more – what is wrong with this owner ? Does he abuse his kids too ? Other animals ? This poor horse ought to be seized and turned over to a person who cares more ! Amend the laws so all horses/livestock get the protection they deserve – they are not commodities like tractors !

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  • May 3, 2013 at 9:10 am
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    I hope that this poor neglected horse has now been rescued.

    I live in UK so feel a bit helpless as to know what to do for this animal.

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  • May 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm
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    i live in wisconsin . am partial to apps. if this horse needs a foster home i have room. will cover all feed bills. just get him here.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm
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    Human beings are a DISGUSTING ignorant species! Animal abusers should be punished the same way as child molesters! They both can not defend themselves.

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  • May 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm
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    We can find a nice halter for the owner to wear! The owner is a poor excuse for a human! I am so tired of hearing/reading stories like this. There needs to be an end!!

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  • May 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm
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    Would you please publish a picture of the horse with the halter removed. After treatment. This is such a commen practice, I have had a similar experience which luckily was not as advanced as this. Some owner puts a horse on a pasture and forgets. The halter should NEVER be left on, there are tremendous other dangers and risks involved. I thank the individual that took action.

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    • May 8, 2013 at 5:00 am
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      I too would like to see a pic of this poor horse with the halter removed, and how the healing process to coming on, organised. Not easy at all .

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      • May 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm
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        And me too – love to see an ‘after’ photo so we can all be at rest and know this horse is ok

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  • May 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm
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    Like everyone else, I am disgusted by this and hope that new and more loving homes have been found for all the horses in this person’s care. There is no excuse for this. Agree that halters should never be left on. If you can’t catch your horse then you need to take a long hard look at yourself. Leaving a halter on is lazy.

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