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86-year-old Culver Modisette decided to teach his horse a lesson after it got away from him. The Connecticut man tied the horse to the back of his vehicle and then slammed on the accelerator to force the horse to gallop. Connecticut state cops launched an investigation into the elderly man after he was caught red handed dragging his horse behind his truck Sunday until she dropped. Although Modisette told CBS 3 that he did not mean to hurt the horse Annie, who is a purebred Arabian horse, he wanted to punish her after she escaped to go romance other horses on his neighbor’s property. After a lengthy investigation, Modisette was not charged with a crime despite the photographic evidence against him.
“I was just trying to get her down in her stable for her breakfast and apples and so forth,” Modisette told the station. “No malicious intent.”
Because the mare was disobeying Modisette’s commands, he grabbed his rope and tied it around the horse’s throat.
Neighbor Helen Kelley watched it all happen. She saw when the Connecticut man tied the horse to the back of his pickup truck. She started snapping photos to prove the abuse to the proper authorities. She watched as Modisette stomped on the accelerator and forced the horse to fall over.
“I started screaming to him, ‘Stop, you’re killing your horse, cut the rope!’” she said.
Relenting, Modisette cut the rope. But he denied dragged the mare until she fell. He claims that she was fine and was able to walk back to her stable.
Modisette did not pretend he didn’t do it. He said he strapped the horse to the back of his red pickup truck after she “nearly threw me across the woods” because she was angry at her owner.
“What else was I going to do?” Modisette told WFSB. “I’ve got to bring her down, I can’t leave her up there.”
But Kelley, the neighbor, told a different story. She saw how rough the horse owner was being and thinks what he did should qualify as animal abuse or even cruelty toward an animal.
“Really, he could’ve broken her neck,” she told the station. “It was a sad thing to watch.”
Kelley’s photos are indisputable. The horse is being pulled by the speeding truck. Then she shares an image of the horse on the ground after being knocked off her feet.
Authorities have never received complaints concerning Modisette ever before. The vet who examined Annie after the incident reported only minor cuts on her legs.
Meanwhile, Modisette admitted he handled his horse in the wrong way and apologized to the public.
“She wasn’t being dragged. I didn’t drag her. She fell and I stopped,” Modisette said in a statement to NBC Connecticut.
Because Connecticut neighbors were upset about Modisette’s behavior, his supports opened up a petition to get people to “stop bullying Culver Modisette.”
Only 48 people signed it although the petition creator, Christy Wiebe, was looking for 10,000 signatures.
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