Trainer Who Dragged Horse Behind Pickup Faces Criminal Trial

Freeman Yoder
Freeman Yoder

Salt Lake City, Utah – Despite defense attorneys best efforts to quash the case, a judge in Utah has ruled that Freeman Yoder will stand trial for aggravated cruelty to an animal, a class 1 misdemeanor.   Defense attorneys argued that Yoder’s training method, while it may not be acceptable to everyone, was not intentionally harmful to the horse.  The judge rejected the defense motions and the trial will proceed December 6.

April 7, 2016b, Juab County, Utah – A worker at the Young Living Farm, Freeman Yoder aged 38, was arrested and booked on Aggravated Animal Cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor.

Yoder was seen by other workers and visitors of the farm tying a draft horse to a pickup then driving faster and faster until the horse fell.  Yoder then dragged the horse for awhile before he stopped the truck, got the horse back on its feet, then drove faster and faster until it fell again.  This time the horse’s head struck the truck, denting it.  He again dragged the horse for some time before stopping, getting the horse back up, and driving again.  The third time the horse fell to the ground and was dragged, Yoder was unable to get it back on its feet.

The owners of Young Living Farm, an organic herb farm, called the local sheriff to keep the peace while they terminated Yoder’s employment at the farm.  Bystanders who videod Yoder’s treatment of the horse showed the video footage to the sheriff, who promptly arrested Yoder.

Author: Dale Williams <-- Become my friend on Facebook! - Phone: 724-964-6773

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