Neglected horse dumped on California roadside

The horse dumped in Monterey County.

A horse with maggot-infested wounds was dumped on a California roadside and left to endure a storm with rain, hail and high winds.

The emaciated bay gelding, aged about 25, was euthanized at the scene.

The SPCA for Monterey County is now offering a $US1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who abandoned the horse on Saturday.

It described the case as heartbreaking.

The animal was found loose on Compagna Way off Elkhorn Road in Prunedale.

An anonymous witness reported seeing a pickup truck with an older, white, two-door trailer abandon the horse around 10pm.

The horse, possibly a quarter horse cross, suffered from fistulous withers, which is a painful, chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by pus-filled wounds and swelling.

The wound was infested with maggots.

He also had a body condition score of 1.0 using the Henneke Scoring System, a scientific method of evaluating a horse’s body condition regardless of breed, body type, sex or age.

Horses can score from 1 to 9, with 5 being ideal weight.

In addition, his teeth had not been cared for in quite some time and he suffered from a fungal infection all over his body.

Due to the severity of the horse’s neglect, Monterey County Equine veterinary services was called to the scene by the SPCA.

The veterinarian who performed a physical examination of the horse felt that, due the severity of his condition, extreme pain, and grave prognosis, the best course was humane euthanasia at the scene.

The bay gelding had a white star off to left of his face and one white sock on his left hind leg.

Got information? Call the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department at 831-755-5111 or the SPCA at 831-373-2631. All calls are confidential.  


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One thought on “Neglected horse dumped on California roadside

  • March 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

    How hideous the actions of some people are! This poor animal depended on the kindness of human beings for his care and someone utterly failed him. I hope whoever neglected and then dumped this innocent animal is found and prosecuted. They should never, ever be allowed to have another animal, period. R.I.P. sweet horse.


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