Working in cooperation with the Iron County Sheriff’s Department and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the Humane Society of Missouri Rescues and Investigations Division is pursuing an incident involving an adult horse that was dragged more than 200 feet on gravel and pavement behind a four-wheel vehicle.

  

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon in Iron County near Ironton, Missouri. A suspect currently is in the custody of the Iron County Sheriff’s Department. A disposition hearing to determine custody of the horse will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 6 at the Iron County Courthouse in Ironton, Mo.

The horse, a two-year old, male, bay fox trotter, was initially transported to an area equine veterinary hospital where he was treated for injuries that left exposed bone, tissue and muscle throughout one side of his body. This afternoon, the horse, named Mason by Humane Society staff, will be brought to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch for continuing care.

According to Amanda Hirshberg, assistant director of Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, although the horse’s injuries are severe, he is expected to survive. “With immediate professional care from the equine hospital and the expert follow-up care Mason will receive at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, we have every hope for a full recovery,” said Hirshberg. “The hospital staff reports that Mason is gentle and easy to work with despite his painful condition. This poor animal deserves the best possible chance for a loving, life-long home. At Longmeadow, he will receive that chance with lots of attention and great care.”