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Old 11-09-2022, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default Rough day today. People can be cruel.

Not really sure I know why Iím writing this but I just feel compelled to do so. Today I got a call for a loose horse. Iím a Livestock Deputy for Harris County as many of you know and these calls are ďroutineĒ. As I was driving down the road she was suppose to be on I noticed at the end of the roadway on the shoulder, she was down. I drove closer and realized it wasnít her head I was looking at with pointy ears, it was her hip bone. She was so thin the point of her hip looked like ears from a distance.

I pulled over and approached. She perked her ears up and lifted her head. I have seen some skinny animals in my day but this was absolutely cruel. She had foundered in both feet and someone thought it appropriate to SCREW her hoof wall back to the hoof capsule to keep them from separating. This is like putting self tapping screws directly into your nail and into your finger if your nail is coming off.

I stood her up. I tried to load her but it was apparent she wasnít going to even make the trailer ride anywhere in her condition much less get in it. I euthanized her right there in the grass. As I stared into her eyes, right before I sent her across the rainbow bridge I almost couldnít do it. I lowered my hand for just a second but knowing the outcome, immediately raised it again and did what Iím asked to do.

I struggle with it as I sit here. I think mostly because Iím so angry I had to put her down in such a dump of a location. It was clear the people in the area didnít deserve to own horses. I wish she could have had a meal and some water and walked pain free in a pasture for just a moment. She laid there for days with no water. Unable to stand with her hooves that way. Iím just ate up with anger over how someone can be so cruel.

I left and cried the whole way home. Iíve had to put animals down many many times but today, I saw the worst of humanity.


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Old 11-09-2022, 06:47 PM   #2
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That is terrible...... I wish you could find the "owner" and give them taste of their own actions......
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Old 11-09-2022, 06:50 PM   #3
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That’s terrible. People suck.
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Old 11-09-2022, 06:50 PM   #4
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That is terrible...... I wish you could find the "owner" and give them taste of their own actions......

You have no idea. Thereís a special place in hell for people like whomever ďownedĒ her.


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Old 11-09-2022, 06:50 PM   #5
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Sorry for your pain sir. Hopefully you will find the rightful owner and let them suffer the consequences.
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Old 11-09-2022, 06:51 PM   #6
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I hate that. Itís a funny conundrum weíre in as hunters. We run sharp sticks through animals and high five and share blood trails and broadhead damage, etc. but being intentionally cruel to animals is something that really gets to me. People who tape dogs mouths shut and drop them off or in this instance starve an animal to death almost. If youíre gonna kill an animal, kill it. Donít be an *******.


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Old 11-09-2022, 06:52 PM   #7
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Prayin for ya
That’s terrible and can only imagine how much that hurt your heart
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Old 11-09-2022, 06:54 PM   #8
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Sorry for your pain sir. Hopefully you will find the rightful owner and let them suffer the consequences.

Iím a lady, probably why I cried so much.


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Old 11-09-2022, 06:56 PM   #9
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So sorry you had to deal with this. I can’t understand people who treat animals like this. I’ve seen this sort of thing in Fayette County and it seems like nothing is ever done to these people. Horrible!
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Old 11-09-2022, 06:57 PM   #10
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You're a better man than me, not sure I could of done that, but a lot of circumstances go into that also. Man I really feel for you.
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Old 11-09-2022, 06:57 PM   #11
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People that do this to any animal need to suffer the same fate! Terrible!
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Old 11-09-2022, 06:58 PM   #12
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That’s a tough one. The sucky part of the job. Hold your head knowing you relieved that poor animal of the pain and suffering it was in. Prayers for you!
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Old 11-09-2022, 06:58 PM   #13
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That was tough enough to read, I couldn’t imagine being the person on the scene……

As much as it sucks, you did the right thing. Don’t second guess that.
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Old 11-09-2022, 06:58 PM   #14
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You got that 100% correct girl!
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:00 PM   #15
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They will be judged!
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:00 PM   #16
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My heart ache's for you. I just don’t understand how people can be so cruel.
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:01 PM   #17
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Yes ma'am. People suck. My mom runs a dog rescue and it's pitiful how some people treat animals. No doubt about it. She gets some dogs that are pretty bad off. Some people ain't got any respect for life of any kind.

I'll say this, if you're gonna just drop a dog off in the middle of nowhere at least have the balls to put a bullet in it. Don't make something suffer.

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Old 11-09-2022, 07:01 PM   #18
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Jeez, people are the worst.
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:01 PM   #19
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Putting an animal down is one of my hardest things to do. Sorry you have to deal with this.
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:05 PM   #20
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I’m glad that we have people like yourself not only I’m law enforcement but I’m the human race. Bless you bro.
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:06 PM   #21
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I had called my mom for a little perspective. She said ďwhen she looked at you for that split second she knew what you were about to do. And when you paused, she knew how much it hurt but asked you to do it because she knew you couldĒ.

I knew it was the right thing to do but Jesus, I wish I didnít have to.


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Old 11-09-2022, 07:14 PM   #22
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She's better off not living at all than the way she was living. If you can even call it that. Whoever did her that way needs put down just for being a POS.

Some people ain't got no business owning animals. Or raising kids for that matter.
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:16 PM   #23
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What gets me is all the good folks who would have been willing to take over care a long time ago but never got the opportunity simply due to the evil nature...senseless.
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:18 PM   #24
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What gets me is all the good folks who would have been willing to take over care a long time ago but never got the opportunity simply due to the evil nature...senseless.

Absolutely spot on. She was beautiful.


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Old 11-09-2022, 07:18 PM   #25
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**** that rough. Just know you did the right thing. Don’t make it any easier but it what had to be done. Now go find her owner and make sure they don’t ever do that to another one.
Most people that do stuff like that to animals will end up hurting or killing people before it is over.
Tough read.
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:29 PM   #26
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I've had to put down several animals that were suffering. None that were done intentionally, most from old age, injury, or birth defects. It doesn't get any easier. I know it's hard to see sometimes, and hard to swallow, but you did her a huge favor.
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:33 PM   #27
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Dont have the words to fix it but my heart aches for you! You and the job you do are appreciated even though its hard to tell these days. You posting this is good, get it out and let it go! You and I both know we cant change the p o s people out there as much as we want to. Get home hug the kids and wife and let them help your hurt. Theres a bunch more calls, shifts, and years to do but there is life after all the crap and p o s people I promise you that. You know where i'm at and got the number if you ever need to *****, whine, or cry! Stay safe!
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:36 PM   #28
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I hate people. Wish I could give the sorry sob's the same they gave to the animals.
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:38 PM   #29
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Your story breaks my heart. Iím so sorry you had to be the one. You certainly did what was right.


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Old 11-09-2022, 07:39 PM   #30
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Very sad. She deserved way better. You did what you had to do pal.
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:42 PM   #31
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Whom ever did this hopefully when it’s their time they will experience a slow painful illness.
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:44 PM   #32
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Hate you had to witness the cruelty some of us ‘civilized” humans are responsible for perpetrating.

Any leads on who the owners are??
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:44 PM   #33
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Thank you for doing the right thing Misty...
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:45 PM   #34
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Iím sorry misty sounds like a ****ty day. If you want to talk I know how you feel on both sides of that job. Shoot me a pm and Iíll be glad to talk.


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Old 11-09-2022, 07:46 PM   #35
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Thanks yíall. I appreciate the support more than yíall know. Iím going to try and get a nap in before I go work my EJ (Doug knows all about the EJ life lol)


Iíve talked to God a little about it. Hoping when I wake up Iíll feel a little better about it.


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Old 11-09-2022, 07:52 PM   #36
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Misty I am so sorry you had to walk through that, nobody should have to. I am thankful for Gods warriors like yourself trying to help keep the balance in the world.
God Bless!
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:57 PM   #37
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Sad story, but you ended the suffering.
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Old 11-09-2022, 07:58 PM   #38
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Sleep well...what you did should have taken place well before you finally reached her.

Sorry, I wish it could have been somebody else too...have peace knowing the suffering didn't endure.
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Old 11-09-2022, 08:01 PM   #39
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What do you think the chances are of prosecuting the owners?
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Old 11-09-2022, 08:06 PM   #40
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You did the right thing, and it was best for that poor horse. Sucks though. That's for sure. I hope you/they are able to find out who the "owner" is. There's no excuse for that at all.
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Old 11-09-2022, 08:06 PM   #41
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Thank you for being there to do the incredibly painful but right thing for that horse.

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Old 11-09-2022, 08:09 PM   #42
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The owners of this horse should be sitting on the horse's sister or brother's back with a noose around their neck, then a slap on the rump and watch'em swing. That is just evil and cruel.
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Old 11-09-2022, 08:21 PM   #43
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I had to put a dog down once that really got me. Iíll admit to being sad enough that I cried.

You did the right thing. No doubt about it. Hold your head up high
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Old 11-09-2022, 08:24 PM   #44
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Some folks just shouldn't own horses.
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Old 11-09-2022, 08:33 PM   #45
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I feel for you maam knowing what you are going thru with this. I was called numerous times in the last 20 years to put a horse or cow down that had been hit by a vehicle or injured some other way on the ranch. Nobody wanted to do that chore so I took it upon myself. People asked me how I could shoot those animals like they meant nothing to me. I explained to them I did not enjoy it at all and that I could not stand to see them suffer anymore is why I did it. Just remember that you were easing the pain that should not have been there to start. Sometimes the end is a blessing in disguise.
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Old 11-09-2022, 08:34 PM   #46
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I am a man and probably would have brought tears to my eyes seeing that.

I hope they get tracked down and charged though I doubt they will.

At some point they are going to stand before The Judge and answer for that though

You keep helping the ones you can and easing the pain of those you cannot
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Old 11-09-2022, 08:37 PM   #47
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I feel for you maam knowing what you are going thru with this. I was called numerous times in the last 20 years to put a horse or cow down that had been hit by a vehicle or injured some other way on the ranch. Nobody wanted to do that chore so I took it upon myself. People asked me how I could shoot those animals like they meant nothing to me. I explained to them I did not enjoy it at all and that I could not stand to see them suffer anymore is why I did it. Just remember that you were easing the pain that should not have been there to start. Sometimes the end is a blessing in disguise.

This exactly! I have had to do it a few times, it sucks and sucks a lot worse when it is due to human neglect instead of an accident.

Thank you for doing what you do yet remaining with a ton of compassion. Itís far too easy for people in your line of work to become calloused!
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Old 11-09-2022, 08:43 PM   #48
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People that can do this, their whole life is hell they live it everyday.
Their brain has no peace of any kind.
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Old 11-09-2022, 08:43 PM   #49
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Your heart is in the right place. And you did the right thing. Blessings come in many forms. Some are unpleasant. And we may not know why we have to go through such agony at the moment. But it is all part of His plan. Sometimes we learn later why we experience such unpleasantness. And we can learn and use what all we have been though to carry out a better will. It may have been better that you found her, than some child who had to watch it's life suffer away.



Misty, I know it's sometimes tough. But thank you for what you do! You're awesome!
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Old 11-09-2022, 08:49 PM   #50
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My bad. Had no idea you are a woman. I’m still glad we have people like you in l e and the human race. I’m 67 and have encountered plenty of people in my lifetime that I wouldn’t give a plug nickle for. Not so much with animals. Lord bless you Mam.
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