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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:56 am, Tue Nov 6, 2012.

San Joaquin County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a rather unnerving crime — a horse that was brutally killed.

A woman who lives on Atkins Road between Lockeford and Clements said she found the young thoroughbred stallion early Monday morning tied to a vine in a vineyard, with his throat slit and tail cut off. The owner of the property where the horse was found doesn't live in the area, she said.

The killing took place elsewhere because there was no blood on the ground, said the resident, who asked that her name not be published.

"I would love to see the person get caught," she said.

It's common for people to dump cows who die of natural causes on rural property to avoid paying for disposal, but cruelly slaughtering a horse is another thing, the woman said.

Sheriff's spokesman Les Garcia said that a deputy responded and is conducting an investigation.

"There is very little information to go on," Garcia said in an email. "The first step will be to find the owner, if possible, and go from there."

Residents can help by reporting anything suspicious to the Sheriff's office, Garcia said. If possible, get a license plate number and a description of the vehicle and occupants, he said.

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  • Mike Adams posted at 9:03 am on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1271

    Tool inventories and geographical location relative to other inhabited structures seems to be off limits in LNSland.

  • Jan Johnson posted at 7:43 am on Wed, Nov 7, 2012.

    Legacy Farms Posts: 2

    Bob, strange thing, is after all the media attention and public awareness, the horse was removed late in the evening, looked to be picked up by a fork lift or a piece of equipment. I am going to to some investigating today to confirm that it was picked up through animal control, as a rancher myself, when an animal dies or is euthanized, the tallow company that removes these animals work normal business hours between 9-5 and seems very suspicious that he was removed nearly 10 pm at night, could it be the person that dumped him there taking the evidence?

  • Jan Johnson posted at 7:40 am on Wed, Nov 7, 2012.

    Legacy Farms Posts: 2

    We have never seen an animal so badly tortured as the one that was dumped here on the street. We are going to continue to be the voice for this beautiful animal that was so brutally tortured. Anyone that knows anything or has any information or leads please come forward and report this to Les Garcia with the SO, we have already collected some leads and are working today on forming a group to pitch in on reward money offered for the information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for such a horrific act.

  • Bob Silvano posted at 2:06 pm on Tue, Nov 6, 2012.

    Bob Silvano Posts: 145

    When they catch the perpetrator, he or she should be treated exactly as the horse was
    . If anyone has a problem with that, too bad.



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