Two people in Colorado have been charged after a video showed a horse being pulled from behind a pickup truck. The video was posted on Facebook Sunday, where it became viral and caused outrage around the country.
The Grand Canyon Sheriff’s Office said that John Saldate, 59 and Amber Saldate, 33, have both been charged with one count of animal cruelty. They are scheduled to appear in court in January.
Numerous people contacted the Grand County Sheriff’s Office about the video, which started the investigation. The horse, named Trigger, was taken by authorities to a veterinary hospital for evaluation. The couple has two other horses that were not taken.
The owners of the horse, who did not want to be identified, spoke to CBS Denver off-camera. The woman said she knows the treatment was wrong, “I’ve lost my job over this, I’ve upset a lot of people. I made our horse go through something that he shouldn’t have. I was wrong.”