A boy is a boy a long time before he knows his alphabet, longer before he has learned to spell, and perhaps several years before he can read distinctly; and yet there are some people who, as soon a they get on a young horse, entirely undressed and untaught, fancy that by beating and spurring they will make him a dressed horse in one morning only. I would feign ask such stupid people whether by beating a boy they would teach him to read without first showing him the alphabet? Sure they would beat him to death before they would make him read.
- Reproduced from The Man Who Listens to Horses (Original source unknown).
Two men in New River, Arizona were arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of felony animal cruelty when it was discovered they caused the death of one horse by an injection of pool acid and starved another horse.
Detectives with Maricopa County Sheriff's animal crimes unit believe John Henkle, 54, injected a 26-year-old Arabian horse with a homemade injection of pool acid and sodium bicarbonate, causing an extremely painful death in early March, according to a press release. Laurel George, 54, is accused of assisting Henkle.
According to the release, deputies also seized another horse, alive but very thin and malnourished, and took him to the MASH unit, where Maricopa County inmates care for animals from cruelty and abuse cases.
Henkle and George both share an address and both were booked into jail on two counts of felony animal cruelty, two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, and one count of felony animal cruelty causing protracted suffering.
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