The Utah horse found last week with a halter embedded in his head has had it removed by a veterinary surgeon.
Authorities in Davis County were alerted to the animal’s plight by Patti and Brett Bass, who happened upon the pasture where the horse was grazing last Saturday during a bike ride.
Davis County Animal Care and Control issued its standard “five day” order requiring the owner to have the animal treated as soon as possible by a veterinarian, because its injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Howeever, the Humane Society of Utah stepped in, urging the Davis County Animal Care and Control to alter its standard “five day” order to require the horse to be treated as soon as possible.
Soon after, the owner, who has not been identified, managed to catch the horse and take him for veterinary care.
The director of communications for the Humane Society of Utah, Carl Arky, updated Horsetalk today on the horse’s situation.
“From what I understand, the horse was sedated and the vet was able, with some effort, to surgically remove the halter,” he said.
“The damage, apparently, was quite severe as the halter I believe had eaten away to the bone.
“The good news is the prognosis for the horse is good in terms of making a recovery.
“We wonder what this owner will do with the horse but given the opportunity,” Arky said.
“The animal could have a good and healthy life after this ordeal. Let’s hope so.”
Arky said there had been a great deal of interest in the case, and he believed public pressure helped get the horse the veterinary attention it urgently needed.
The horse owner has received a citation for two offenses — neglect and causing pain and suffering to an animal.
A veterinarian removed the halter from the animal around 4pm on Tuesday.
The halter was cut and pulled from the flesh wounds. It was touching the bone, according to reports.
Veterinarian David Hill told local media that the horse was on a path to a full recovery.