FARMINGTON — The owner of a horse with a halter embedded in its face found in a Farmington pasture by two bikers will likely face charges.
A couple biking on a trail saw the horse on Saturday and called authorities.
“Our officers went out and found the horse standing upright and walking, said Davis County Animal Control director Clint Thacker. “He was shaking his head and was in obvious pain,” Thacker said.
Because the horse was in no imminent danger, animal control officers couldn’t impound the animal, Thacker said. Instead, the owner was given a five-day notice to get the horse treatment.
Thacker said his officers noticed the owner trying to corral the horse on Tuesday morning, but as of Tuesday afternoon Thacker had not heard that the horse had been taken to a veterinarian.
“We find working with the owner is a better route,” Thacker said.
When animals are impounded, Davis County winds up treating the animal and fees add up, he said.
Three other horses were found in the pasture. Their hoofs need to be trimmed, Thacker said.
“There’s definitely some neglect there,” he said.
Generally, livestock owners in Davis County do an excellent job of caring for their animals, Thacker said.
He has never seen a horse with a halter embedded in its face before,
“We love animals,” he said. “The laws we have to follow sometimes bind us, but we do the best we can.”
As to any charges, Thacker couldn’t comment, saying it’s still an open investigation.