ROGERS COUNTY, Oklahoma – A Rogers County man is charged with animal cruelty after investigators say he dragged a horse behind an all-terrain car on his property.
Deputies say they take these instances very severely and even have an expert on staff who deals with animal cruelty.
Deputies stated after they arrived at 36-year-old John Spenser’s residence, the 14-year-old horse, Missy, was not in good condition; however due to an alert neighbor and investigators, she’s now recovering.
“The horse was nonetheless tied to the ATV, and had a number of abrasions and was sweating profusely, which might point out extreme pressure on a horses system,” stated Major Coy Jenkins with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Deputies mentioned a neighbor telephoned Tuesday evening after witnessing Spencer drag the horse behind his ATV on pasture land close to his dwelling.
She stated the horse broke away however Spencer chased after it, tied it up once more and continued dragging the horse after many falls.
She additionally mentioned it wasn’t the first time she witnessed him abusing animals on his property.
Missy and one other horse have been quickly taken away.
“As soon as the warrant was issued these horses had been instantly turned over to a vet and brought to a rescue facility,” Jenkins stated.
Spencer admitted not being good at coaching horses and informed investigators he was pulling the horse to coach her to guide and did not notice she fell.
Whereas on the property, investigators stated they discovered a second horse with comparable wounds that had scarred over. Quickly after, deputies arrested Spencer for animal cruelty, a felony.
Jenkins stated, “Rogers County Sheriff’s Workplace could be very progressive, and in contrast to different sheriff’s workplaces, we now have a specific unit that trains and handles these conditions as they happen.”
Spencer bonded out of jail Wednesday, and once we tried to talk with him Tuesday he took off.
Deputies did get permission to be again at Spencer’s residence Thursday for a welfare check for a 3rd horse on the property.
An animal cruelty conviction may result in a big fine and as much as 5 years in jail.