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2 charged after video shows horse being dragged in Grand County

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WARNING: The above video may be disturbing to some viewers.

A video posted to Facebook showing a horse being dragged by a truck on a Grand County ranch prompted backlash from hundreds of people and an investigation by the Grand County Sheriff's Office.

Now two people have been criminally charged in connection with the incident.

The video was originally posted to Facebook and has since been taken down. Sky-Hi News obtained a copy and uploaded it. The Grand County Sheriff's Office was first informed of the video on Sunday.

The GCSO says the incident happened near Grand Lake -- a horse was tied to the back of a pickup truck, and the driver of the truck accelerated across their ranch property.

A woman can be heard narrating the video, and she says the horse is being "barn sour," which is why it was being pulled by the truck.

Tuesday, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office announced that 59-year-old John Saldate and 33-year-old Amber Saldate were charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.

In a press briefing Monday afternoon, the Grand County Sheriff said the horse in the video was evaluated by a local veterinarian Monday morning. The veterinarian found no obvious trauma, but did administer pain medication to the animal after noting that the horse was tender.

Authorities are in the process of transferring the horse to the local Humane Society for further evaluation and medication if necessary, according to the Sheriff.

The GCSO says that the owner of the horse is cooperating with the investigation at this time. The Sheriff's Office is conducting interviews and working with the local Humane Society and Grand County Animal Care and Control.

The DA's office says the horse was seized by law enforcement and is safe.

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  1. The veterinarian found no obvious trauma, but did administer pain medication to the animal after noting that the horse was tender.

    Giving pain meds when not needed started this opioid epidemic. Great now we will have cracked out horses running around.

  2. Horses are particularly stupid animals and this one seems stubborn. I have no problem with what they did the only mistake was posting it to the internet.

    1. Exactly. I grew up on a farm/ranch. Many people don’t know what that all entails. Horse was not hurt per the Vet.

  3. Hey, KRDO—

    I thought that your new comment system was supposed to eradicate the trolling. Take a quick look at the comments above.

    Trolling on an animal cruelty story? How heartwarming. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    1. Well, Boo, I’m thinking you have never worked with livestock.
      While I don’t agree with what these people did, I’d hardly qualify it as animal cruelty and the above responses are hardly “trolling”.
      I don’t think that word means what you think it does. Someone posting an opinion you disagree with isn’t trolling. You being offended by someone’s post isn’t trolling.
      Since you don’t seem familiar with the word, “In Internet slang, a troll is a person who starts quarrels or upsets people on the Internet to distract and sow discord by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses and normalizing tangential discussion, whether for the troll’s amusement or a specific gain.”
      I’ll troll you at some point just for my amusement….However, if it makes you feel better, I’d troll you in real life just to watch your blood pressure go up…

  4. Cruelty to animals is not normal behavior. That’s why these people were charged, and the horse seized. It’s against the law.

    The vet may not have seen obvious injury, however, the horse was given pain relief due to being tender. That means that it was in pain.

    If y’all are going to be cruel to your animals, don’t video it and post it online to try and normalize it.

    I have worked with and owned horses. They don’t respond well to cruelty.

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