FARMINGTON -- A horse owner was asked by Davis County Animal Control to get treatment for his horse within five days, after the horse was found with a halter embedded in its face. But the Humane Society of Utah has appealed to the officers to require the treatment immediately by a licensed large-animal veterinarian.
"The horse's halter has been left on for such a prolonged period of time that it is now deeply embedded in the skin across the horse's face, which appears to be infected causing the animal to suffer," states a release by the Humane Society.
It states that the agency's Animal Cruelty Investigator John Fox calls this one of the more severe cases he's seen in his 40 years on the job.
"Photos of the horse are too graphic and disturbing for us to share," states the release. "Three other horses in the same Farmington pasture have, by eye witness accounts, also been severely neglected and are in need of care."
The release states that the owner of the horses should be cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty.
"The case cannot be classified as a felony as horses are not considered companion animals under Utah's felony 'torture' statute," it states.
News reports state that two area residents were out on a bike ride Saturday when they found the horse in a pasture near 1525 West and 675 North. They said it appeared that the horse's face had grown around the solid restraining device.