FARMINGTON — The horse found with a halter embedded in its face has undergone surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
Its owner was cited for not giving adequate care and for causing harm, said Davis County Animal Control director Clint Thacker.
Two bikers found the horse on Saturday in a Farmington pasture near 1500 West and 675 North. They called authorities.
Now that the horse has been treated, animal control officers will make periodic follow-ups until the veterinarian gives the horse a clean bill of health, Thacker said.
On Saturday, animal control officers found the horse standing upright and walking, Thacker said.
“He was shaking his head and was in obvious pain.”
Because the horse was in no imminent danger, animal control officers didn’t impound the animal, Thacker said. Instead, the owner was given a five-day notice to get the horse treatment.
Initial reports said animal control had a five-day waiting period before officers would step into a case of abuse or neglect.
However, Thacker said that isn’t the case.
“Our officers will assess the situation, but there is no policy to say we will wait five days.”
The five-day time frame was given to the owner in this case.
“We find working with the owner is a better route,” Thacker said.
Animal control monitored the situation with the horse and officers have been in contact with the owner throughout the process, 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 needed 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.”