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Front Range man charged with felony for dragging horse

Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post
Jefferson CountyJohn McCulley
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A man accused of dragging a malnourished and mistreated horse 60 feet through a pasture with his pickup truck has been charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty.

John Wilmarth McCulley Jr. also faces 36 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty in connection with his lack of care of 16 other horses.

According to the Jefferson County district attorney’s office, McCulley tied a rope to the neck of a horse named Blue, connected it to his pickup and drove quickly out of a pasture.

Authorities on Friday announced the counts against McCulley following the seizure of the horses several weeks ago.

The DA’s office said it was the second time in two years that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has seized horses under the care of McCulley.

Most of the horses seized last month were the same horses that had been seized previously, according to prosecutors.

Deputies arriving at the scene found a horse lying on the ground on his right side. The horse was described as being “extremely emaciated,” with his left hip bone sticking out and his spine and ribs clearly visible.

Howard Pankratz: 303-954-1939 or hpankratz@denverpost.com