Pueblo Co. Sheriff: Animal abuse charges among many for horse mutilation

Pueblo County Sheriff animal abuse...

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. - Steve Maez is keeping a closer eye on his horses after he found one dead in his shed on Friday morning.

"I don't know of anybody that's even capable of doing that," Maez said of the way his horse was killed.

It was butchered and its organs were also taken.
"She had selenium poisoning, which affects her ability to move very fast. She was all sore," Maez said. He says he believes this is why she was targeted. 

"I'm devastated,"  said Maez's daughter, Brittany Gutierrez.

She grew up with the horse and says it's still hard to talk about.

"They took my everything," Gutierrez said.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.
"You're looking at animal cruelty for sure. You're looking at burglary because you broke into somebody's house to do something illegal. So there are many, many charges that you can be faced with," said Undersheriff J.R. Hall.

Hall said authorities believe it's an isolated incident but urge anyone who sees something suspicious to give them a call.

"Your sheriff is a horseman, so this is an important case and we're going to treat it like an important case," Hall said.

The family is just hoping for justice for an animal that they say was more than a pet.

Hall is advising people who have slower or older horses to keep an eye on them.

If you have any information to call the Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers if you want to remain anonymous.

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