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Case ID: 18816
Classification: Vehicular
Animal: horse
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Abuse was retaliation against animal's bad behavior
Animal was bound
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Judge(s): Larry Langley

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Thursday, Nov 10, 2011

County: Sequoyah

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 2 files available

Alleged: Reuben Ray Houston

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A Vian, Okla., man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly tied a horse to a four-wheeler and dragged it down a paved road.

Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart says deputies were called to a residence on S. 4528 Road on a report of an injured horse.

Reuben Houston, 26, was arrested on a cruelty to animals charge.

"It's awful to know that our neighbors would do that," said Terra Jordan, a neighbor, "I mean to know that anybody would do that. It's awful."

Jordan found the horse tied to a tree on her property. "The horse couldn't move," she said, "He wouldn't move at all."

Pictures of the horse showed injuries to the horse's eyes and legs, large open wounds and patches of hair and skin missing from its body. "Both eyes are gone," said R.B. Cowett, a neighbor, "One hoof's gone. One shoulder's tore up real bad."

Lockhart says the horse was so severely injured, it had to be euthanized by a veterinarian.

Houston was upset because the horse kept getting out of the pasture, Lockhart said. Neighbors say the animal did not have enough to eat. "His brother's excuse was that horses wasn't going for anything now, you couldn't sell him," said Jordan, "That's why he done it."

Neighbors say the sheriff's department will come back and bury the animal.

Other charges are expected, Lockhart said.

Case Updates

Rueben Ray Houston, 26, of Vian pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Sequoyah County District Court to charges of cruelty to animals, malicious injury to property and trespass.

Special Judge Larry Langley set Houston's next court appearance for a Dec. 14 felony disposition docket.

According to court records, Houston was released from jail on a $9,500 bond Monday and was formally charged with the three offenses on Tuesday.
Source: - Nov 17, 2011
Update posted on Nov 17, 2011 - 6:35PM 


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