Oklahoma City Animal Control said it's pursuing charges against a man who called on them Thursday night to say he had a dead animal to pick up. That animal is a horse. And it wasn't dead. When animal control said it reached the horse on the 7000 St. Bernard Street, the horse was badly injured.
Animal control said the horse had become entangled in barbed wire fencing. They said the horse was missing both ears, both eye lids, he has an extensive skull fracture, and multiple lacerations all over his body.
Oklahoma City Animal Control Supervisor Trace Lyons said there are also clear signs the horse had been attacked repeatedly by other animals. “I don't know what his motive was for saying it was dead, either he was just guessing because it was just laying in the mud in the cold and rain, but when we arrived we realized the horse was still alive.”
Animal control has turned the horse over to Blaze's Tribute Equine Rescue. Natalee Cross, of that organization, said there's no excuse for this.
“I see a horse with a will to survive, and wants to be here. He's not done yet. And he deserves that chance.”
Cross said her people have already named the horse Rudy.