POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 4:10pm
EUNICE, LA (NBC33) — A Eunice man was arrested for allegedly stabbing a horse to death after it fell and injured itself walking across railroad tracks.
The Eunice Police Department reports that the incident occurred on December 24, 2012. We’re told officers were called to the scene and located a dead horse on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.
Witnesses reported seeing a man riding the horse along North Martin Luther King Drive. They said the man attempted to cross the tracks, but the horse slipped and fell to the ground. When the horse was examined, they noticed that the horseshoes were not properly fitted, which likely caused the animal to loose its footing.
The witnesses also reported seeing the man dismount from the horse and pull hair from its tail. He then took out a knife and stabbed the horse several times in the neck until it fell to the ground. They say he then kicked the horse several times.
Investigators questioned Delma Deon Richard, 41, about the incident during the initial investigation. He told investigators that the horse had been hit by a train, however, no evidence exists to support that claim.
Richard was arrested on Sunday, Jan. 27 for Cruelty to Animals, Trespassing, Driving Under Suspension, Expired MVI, Obstruction of public Passages, No Insurance, and Open Container.