This is the third time that I remember in which Idaho has made national news because of animal cruelty cases.
The first time was in 2008. Dozens of horses were reported to be malnourished. When the state vet intervened, the horses were placed under the care of a local veterinarian.
The second incident was in 2009. Barbie, a mother dog with two broken legs and with puppies, was left out in the freezing weather without veterinarian care for five days ... until a concerned citizen from Boise rescued them.
Now in Minidoka County we have the horrific case of a pony being dragged behind a vehicle, beaten and attacked with a knife, resulting in the euthanasia of the pony.
Idaho is well-known for its lax animal cruelty laws and reluctant enforcement. Many of our legislators are farmers and ranchers and they have carefully crafted the animal cruelty statues in their own self-interest.
But there is a huge difference in how these cases have been handled by local law enforcement. In the first two cases, it was the “rescuers” who were charged. The Minidoka sheriff is focused on finding the abusers. Good for him. It’s time for those responsible for the animals’ suffering to be held accountable.
Andi Elliott, Hamer