Arrest Ends Man’s Nearly 700-Mile Horseback Ride

A man is facing charges for riding an allegedly maltreated horse from Greenwood, South Carolina, to Miami-Dade, Florida.
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A South Carolina man is facing animal cruelty charges for riding an allegedly maltreated horse nearly 700 miles from Greenwood, South Carolina, to Miami-Dade. Florida.

Laurie Waggoner, director of ranch operations for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), said her organization began receiving reports about a man riding a horse through Florida earlier this month. The organization alerted the Miami-Dade Police Department Agricultural Patrol Unit of the reports.

On Nov. 23, passersby notified Miami-Dade police after spotting the horse and rider traveling southbound on highway US-1. Miami-Dade Detective Robin Pinkard said that when police caught up with the pair, the horse appeared to be malnourished and had sores in his mouth.

After an examination, the animal was determined to be a 20-year-gelding that was blind in one eye and had a body condition score of 3 on the Henneke scale, Waggoner said

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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