The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate the death of a horse that was found dumped near a Clements ranch last week.
The horse was found by employees of rancher Jan Johnson with its tail cut off and throat slashed.
Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Les Garcia said the horse did not have a tattoo on its lip as is custom for the stallion. Investigators have not located the owner as of yet to find out how it was killed.
The equestrian community has been up-in-arms over the horses death. I’ve received calls and contact from all over the country. Some have theorized the horse was killed by its owner and dumped to avoid hefty permitting fees to have the animal taken away.
It’s not illegal for a horse owner to kill a horse, as long as its done humanely. Garcia said investigators are still gathering veterinarian opinions on that matter.
I’ll keep tabs on the case as the investigation concludes.