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Tuesday, Nov 7, 2006County: Baldwin
Defendant/Suspect: Harvey Krumm
Case Updates: 3 update(s) available
A Foley man is charged with animal cruelty after dragging a horse behind a truck.
At first, Stacy Sleep couldn't believe what she was seeing. "I thought he was going to kill the horse. He was dragging him, he dragged him." There were actually two horses tied to a truck, one standing and one on the ground when police arrived. "Finally, the officer came and the man wouldn't even stop.
The officer had turned around and stopped in front of his vehicle to get him to stop," says Sleep. Harvey Crum was arrested on the spot and tried to explain to officers what he was doing. "I didn't realize the little filly hadn't been led behind a truck. The other horse was a lot of times and it was just a matter of convenience." Investigators say there was a little more too it than that, "Witnesses told them the individual that was dragging 'em was this one; had actually fallen three or four times get out and kick it to get it to stand up again; so he could take it on down the road."
Sgt. Charles Massey with the Foley Police Department loaded both horses into a horse trailer and took one to the Foley Horse Arena and the other to local veterinarian, Dr. Tim Stewart. "It looks like we're dealing with more minor type abrasions. She seems to be moving her head and her neck okay but we've got some pretty bad bruises on either side of the neck where she hit the ground and flipped from side to side a couple times." The little horse is lucky. The prognosis is good, but Dr. Stewart says he just can't believe it's happened again. "We want to try and legislate some more anti-cruelty laws.
But I'm afraid we're not going to be able to legislate intelligence. This is just a situation where somebody did something not very smart." Harvey Crum now faces misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. Investigators plan to try and take custody of both horses.
|Harvey Krumm tied a filly and another horse behind his truck and planned to lead them to another pasture. But, witnesses say the young horse fell several times and Krum dragged it and kicked it. He was found guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty charges in Foley Municipal Court and his sentence concerns some people almost as much as the crime.|
"There you go." Sgt. Charles Massey throws open the back of a horse trailer, it's been six weeks since the filly was dragged behind a truck. "She's not the same animal," he says, and she's doing just fine. "She's healed up, healed up real well," says Massey. Harvey Krumm will spend five days in jail for what he did to the little horse. He will also have to pay court cost and fines, serve a year on probation and he gets the horses back. "That's hard that's really hard," says Massey, "but there were things taken care of in court that will guarantee things will be done right."
Harvey Krumm spoke to News Five but didn't want to do an on camera interview.
He said he was glad the whole thing was over and he still believes he didn't do anything wrong. When asked if he would ever tie a horse to the back of a truck again he said, I don't know. Sharon Cochran loves her horses; she says in her mind, the punishment doesn't fit the crime. "If you're going to drag one down the road and you're going to beat it cause it won't get up, you don't deserve to have em back."
The only answer for her, "We should lobby and get the law changed." Sgt.
Massey agrees, "We just have to take this and use this to change things that are already existence to things that will make it better for them and easier for municipalities to handle situations such as this." Changes that won't help the little filly but could stop it from happening again. The judge also allowed unannounced inspection of the horses and their surroundings during Krumm's year of probation. He'll serve his five day sentence after the holidays.
|Source: WKRG Channel 5 - Dec 20, 2006|
Update posted on Dec 22, 2006 - 12:51AM
|A 2-year-old mare injured after being dragged behind a pickup truck was released from a veterinary clinic Wednesday, but its owner still faces misdemeanor abuse charges, according to police. |
The horse was injured Tuesday morning when it fell while being pulled by a pickup driven by Harvey Krumm, 74, of Foley, said Sgt. Charles Massey of the Foley Police Department.
On Wednesday, the horse and a gelding that was also tied to the truck were being held by police as evidence in the case. Krumm, who owns both horses, was charged Tuesday with cruelty to animals, Massey said.
Krumm was out on bail Wednesday from Foley city jail.
Contacted at home, Krumm said he had no comment about the incident. "I don't think I should at this time," he said. "There's some people beside reporters that I think I should talk to first."
Massey said the two horses got out of their pasture at Krumm's home on Brinks Willis Road in south Foley on Tuesday morning. Krumm found them on Keller Road East, tied them to his truck and attempted to lead them back to his property, Massey said.
The gelding followed the truck as it began to drive slowly back to the property, but the mare fell four or five times, according to statements that Massey said witnesses gave to police. He said that Krumm allegedly kicked the mare to make it get up.
The mare was taken to Baldwin Animal Clinic for observation overnight of injuries to its neck and legs. The horse was released Wednesday, according to a clinic employee.
The horse had bandages on the lower parts of all four legs from cuts and abrasions, Massey said. The horse will be bandaged for about a week, but is expected to make a full recovery, he said.
Police said the two horses would be retained as evidence until Krumm's trial on the misdemeanor abuse charge. As of Wednesday, a trial date had not been set, according to Massey.
|Source: Press-Register - Nov 9, 2006|
Update posted on Nov 9, 2006 - 6:47AM
|Police charged a 74-year-old horse owner with animal cruelty Tuesday after witnesses said he dragged a young horse behind a pickup truck, Sgt. Charles Massey said. |
Harvey Krum of Foley was arrested Nov 7 morning and charged with cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor, and released on bond.
Krum was trying to lead two horses back to the pasture from where they had escaped that morning, but one animal kept falling and being dragged behind the truck to which it was tied, Massey said.
"He tied them to the back of the pickup truck and was leading them back," Massey said. "One of them never fell, but a little filly kept falling and trying to get back up."
Massey said the 2-year-old female horse fell four or five times before police arrived.
The injured horse was taken to Baldwin Animal Clinic in Foley, where it was being held for observation Tuesday night. Massey said the horse is expected to recover from injuries to its neck and joints. The other horse, a gelding, was not injured.
Both animals are being held as evidence until Crum's trial, which is scheduled for Nov. 12 in Foley Municipal Court, Massey said.
|Source: Press-Register - Nov 8, 2006|
Update posted on Nov 8, 2006 - 7:12AM
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