Patches suffered a brutal attack over the weekend; those with any information are urged to contact the Minidoka Sheriff’s Office. Photo via YouTube
When I was still in college, studying to be a writer, I worked at a transcription company. One of our biggest clients was a probation department. Probation officers would send in their handwritten and voice-recorded reports and we’d transcribe them. I was responsible for proofreading the reports. One report I came across was an animal abuse case that had me in tears at my desk. I informed my supervisor that I couldn’t proofread another report like that.
Now, years later, I sit at my desk writing about animals. Most of the time the stories are lighthearted. Who doesn’t love videos of horses or fun articles about horses meeting penguins and things like that? But every once in awhile I’m reminded of the animal abuse case I had to proofread. Today is one of those days. Before you read further or watch the video below, I must warn you that this is graphic and disturbing content.
Patches, a Shetland pony belonging to Hugo Lopez and his family, was brutally attacked Saturday night in Rupert, Idaho. His attackers cut his lead rope, drug him one and a quarter miles, then cut off part of his groin, KIDK 3 reports. He was beaten so severely that a neighbor said his eyes were swollen. His knees had open wounds and he was punctured near his right flank. The attack was so severe that Patches had to be put down on Sunday morning.
Patches was very much a part of the Lopez family. “I used him to teach my kid how to behave around horses,” Lopez told KIDK 3. Patches was even known as “the neighborhood pony.”
“These horses, they depend on us,” George King of King Equestrian Center said, according to KIDK 3. “They depend on us to feed them and water them and take care of them. It’s just absolutely terrible. I don’t know; it just amazes me that people even think about doing something like that.”
The Lopez family is not only devastated over losing Patches, especially in this manner, citing the pony’s suffering as what hurts them the most.
So far, there have been no leads as to who committed this horrible act. The Minidoka Sheriff’s Office is urging those with any information to contact them at (208) 434-2324. With any luck whoever did this will soon be caught.