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Case ID: 18075
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: horse
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Saturday, Jun 11, 2011

County: Tangipahoa

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

» Mike Tanner
» Derrick Couch

Two men face animal cruelty charges for allegedly causing the death of a horse and leaving it on the side of the road Saturday.

According to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, Mike Tanner, 50, and Derrick Couch, 34, were arrested Sunday.

Both men are from Independence.

Detectives said the horse got extremely dehydrated and developed a cramp in its leg during a trail ride in St. Helena Parish.

They said Tanner, Couch and two other people then headed back to the truck and put the horse inside the trailer.

Deputies reported on the ride back, the horse apparently fell down and several other horses in the trailer trampled it.

The sick horse suffered a broken neck and died.

When the group realized the horse was dead the driver pulled over and the animal was tied to a tree.

Tanner and Couch are accused of actually tying the horse to the tree.

They were both charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

Authorities did not say what bond was placed on the two suspects.

The names of the other two people were not released.

They have not been charged.


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