Demand Maximum Sentence for OK Man that Critically Injured Horse by Dragging Behind ATV
  • Petitioned Stacey Slaughter

This petition was delivered to:

Sequoyah County Assistant District Attorney
Stacey Slaughter
Sequoyah County Judge
Lawrence Langley

Demand Maximum Sentence for OK Man that Critically Injured Horse by Dragging Behind ATV

    1. Hand 4Paws
    2. Petition by

      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, United States

Vian, OK: In addition to their beauty and intelligence, domestic horses tend to be gentle in nature and hard-working animals. But one Oklahoma man ignored these traits, and the cruelties he allegedly inflicted upon his horse lead to his arrest.

The Sequoyah County sheriff’s department was called out after a neighbor found a severely injured horse tied to a tree. The horse had large open wounds on its body and legs where its flesh had been torn away. One neighbor stated that both of its eyes were gone, one pulled from its socket.

The injuries were so severe, the horse had to be humanely euthanized.

The man allegedly tied his horse to an ATV, then drove nearly half a mile, dragging the horse along the road.  He then tied the horse to a tree and left it there, in severe pain, to die. According to the Sequoyah County sheriff, the man was upset because the horse kept getting out of his pasture. Neighbors stated that the horse did not have enough to eat.

The man was arrested on an animal cruelty charge. Under OK State Title 21: 1685 et seq., cruelty to animals is a felony with a fine up to $5,000, or imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year, or imprisonment in a state penitentiary for up to 5 years.

This petition respectfully requests that the owner of the horse be given the maximum sentence allowable under law, and that he never be allowed to own animals again.

For more information on this story: http://www.examiner.com/pet-rescue-in-national/oklahoma-man-charged-with-dragging-horse-behind-his-atv?CID=examiner_alerts_article

http://www.5newsonline.com/news/rivervalley/kfsm-graphic-vian-man-arrested-for-animal-abuse-20111110,0,2224451.story

Image courtesy of: www.5newsonline.com

This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same.

To:
Stacey Slaughter, Sequoyah County Assistant District Attorney
Lawrence Langley, Sequoyah County Judge
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that if Reuben Houston, owner of the horse that was euthanized due to the severity of its injuries, if found guilty, he be given the maximum sentence allowable under law, and that he never be allowed to own animals again.

Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Vian Man Guilty Of Animal Cruelty In Horse Dragging

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      SALLISAW — A Sequoyah County jury found Rueben Ray Houston of Vian guilty Tuesday of felony animal cruelty in the Nov. 10, 2011, dragging death of a horse.

      The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for 1 1/2 hours before finding Houston, 27, guilty of animal cruelty but not guilty of the misdemeanor charges of malicious injury to property and trespass. Jurors recommended sentencing Houston to six months in county jail and a $5,000 fine.
      http://swtimes.com/sections/news/vian-man-guilty-animal-cruelty-horse-dragging.html

    2. Trial Date Scheduled

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      The jury trial for Reuben Houston has been scheduled for 5/14/12

    3. Preliminary hearing rescheduled again

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      The January 20th preliminary hearing for Reuben Houston has been postponed until Feb 10th

    4. Houston preliminary rescheduled

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      The December 14th hearing for Reuben Houston has been postponed until January 20th.

    5. Petition is now closed

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      The petition has been closed and is being mailed to the Asst. DA before the court date. We will keep you updated with any news, and thanks again for signing, sharing, and speaking up against animal abuse

    6. Reached 12,500 signatures
    7. Horse Abuse Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for your support of the abused horse and this petition! The next court date is scheduled for December 14, 2011.

    8. Reached 9,000 signatures
    9. Reached 6,000 signatures
    10. More charges filed

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Reuben Houston, of Vian, faces four counts including animal cruelty, malicious destruction of property and trespassing.

    11. Reached 4,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • ElisaBeth Stevison LANCASTER, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Abuse like this will only continue unless we start handing out real sentences to the criminals. Why have the law if you wont back it up?

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    • andreas falderbaum HOUSTON, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      They should drag that asshole behind a 4 wheeler and leave him for dead. 6 months? What a joke, eye for an eye you son of a bitch!

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    • Lynne Walker GRESHAM, OR
      • over 1 year ago

      We may be too civilized to tie this psychopath behind an ATV and drag him, but please lets prosecute him to the full extent of our civilized laws.

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    • Anne Hill ROCK HILL, SC
      • over 1 year ago

      6 months and $5k is not long enough to teach this fellow how to treat living beings, probably.

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    • Stacy Boudreaux UPLAND, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      It is disgusting and we need to stop this by not letting people who do these things get away with it with a slap on the wrist.

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