Who, age What Where When Last Known Address

Juan Jose Hidalgo Rodarte, 50

neglected thoroughbred horse abandoned

Riverside, CA

May 13, 2011  

Cresenciano Castro Reyes, 44

neglected thoroughbred horse abandoned

Riverside, CA

May 13, 2011  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
Felony  

1 20-year-old, blind horse

Alleged

 

Two men were arrested after allegedly dumping a malnourished, bruised thoroughbred near Riverside’s Hidden Valley Nature Center.

  (Photo courtesy of Riverside County Animal Services)  The malnourished horse is currently being cared for by Animal Services veterinary team members at the Western Riverside County Animal Services.

Juan Jose Hidalgo Rodarte, 50, and Cresenciano Castro Reyes, 44, were taken into custody after witnesses reported seeing two men ride their horses into a hilly, grassy area near the nature center while pulling a horse behind them, then riding off without the malnourished horse, Riverside County Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said.

The horse was found by a Riverside County Animal Services sergeant and officer. Welsh said the two retrieved the skinny horse, which is now being examined and cared for by Animal Services veterinary team members at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter.

Shortly after, animal services officers and a Riverside Police Department helicopter helped rescue the horse.

The male thoroughbred is approximately 20-years-old and is blind in the right eye, Welsh said.

Welsh said the issue of horse abandonment and neglect is a growing concern for the region’s animal control officers. Welsh said Animal Services officers are finding at least one abandoned horse every week.

In 2011 alone, Riverside County Animal Services has impounded 42 horses, 28 of which were listed as “strays.” The majority of the horses are not retrieved by their presumed owner, he said.

Cresenciano Castro Reyes and Juan Jose Hidalgo Rodarte

(Photo's Courtesy of Riverside Police Department)

“Very rarely do we ever catch anyone in the act of abandoning a horse, so this is very unique,” Riverside County Animal Services Director Robert Miller said. “We’re very appreciative of the eyewitnesses who played a major role in getting the information to the right people fast.”

The Riverside Police Department is taking the lead on the cruelty investigation and will forward the case to the Riverside County District Attorney’s office.

The department is seeking felony animal cruelty and a charge of conspiracy because the two men are accused of working together in the abandonment and neglect of the animal, Welsh said.

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