Speaking Out For the Horse Who Was Dragged From a Truck and Beat

Posted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on April 17, 2009

Animal advocates are speaking out! Many of you have written letters in response to the sad outcome of a Pinal County, Arizona case in which a man dragged a horse behind his truck and then beat her with a PVC pipe as his 13-year-old daughter kicked the horse in the head, while both yelled at the horse to get up. A jury acquitted Gordon Allen Bates, finding him “not guilty” of felony animal cruelty.

Below is a letter written by Allison Luxenberg, the former president of the Ventura College of Law SALDF chapter (Calif.) and the current SALDF Alumni Advisor to the chapter. It will be published in the Ventura Signal.

Dear Editor:

I was brought to tears when I read the story today about Gordon Allen Bates being acquitted on animal cruelty charges for beating a horse after he drug it behind his truck in Pinal County, Arizona. As if the story is not disturbing enough, the man allowed his 13-year-old daughter to kick the horse in the head while he beat it with a PVC pipe. These are not the behaviors parents should be teaching young children. It is very well known that animal abuse leads to human abuse. In fact, According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse (statistics cited from http://www.pet-abuse.com/pages/abuse_connection.php).

The vicious cycle of abuse will never cease if men like Gordon Allen Bates are not punished for not only abusing animals, but teaching his children to abuse them as well. Personally, I have my suspicions that there is already human abuse prevalent in the Bates household and fear this was not an isolated incident of cruelty.

Allison Luxenberg

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7 thoughts on “Speaking Out For the Horse Who Was Dragged From a Truck and Beat

  1. Noelya says:

    I think that it is totally outrageous that this man be let off free so easily and worse if he is allowed to keep the horse. I would like to know where the horse ended up at. I think we should send e-mails to the prosecutor and judge on this case, because something like this shouldn’t be let go without a fight.

  2. Christine MacMurray says:

    How could any judge acquit a man who dragged a horse behind his truck and then beat her with a pipe? What is our society coming to? Both man and judge should be put in jail.

  3. Anne Maloney says:

    The other tragedy here apart from the poor horse’s suffering is that a jury would acquit this fiend. Didn’t anyone on that jury ever love an animal?

  4. Deana Hart says:

    It is cruelty whatever way they looked at it, and no way should that man or his brat of a daughter should have got away with it, what wicked evil people, really hope they get what is coming to them sooner or later, KARMA what goes around comes around, hope they suffer bad luck and ill health for the rest of their lives.

  5. Jenbee says:

    I feel like I have come across a lot of articles and stories about people abusing their animals, and till this day I cant understand what kind of sick human being would take such action. Reading this article really hit the spot for me though. I can’t believe someone can do such horrible things to an animal and not get any penalty for it. Here’s the thing, If the horse was another human being… then the man and his daughter would be sentenced for a year or even six months for abuse. But because its just a “horse” he’s free? This is unfair and ridiculously messed up. I have a feeling that the “system” is ridiculously corrupt. I can not believe this man and his bratty little child got away with beating their horse almost to DEATH. This should NOT be aloud. Animals are the most pure and loving creatures in this entire world. They are the only creatures in this world that live life in the most REAL and pure way. Its people like that man and his daughter that make this world as MESSED up as it is. And for people like that to be set free from making an illegal action like that is just unreal to me. People that incapable should not be in this earth. (That’s just my opinion) And I think if we can help this animal and the entire system to change its ways of being, we all need to take action and change that once and for all. I read that it only took one woman that witnessed seven, starving horses, to change a law. That is incredible! This is a very sad story and I hope in the end of all of this, everyone can come together and fight this. I think the man AND his daughter deserves to be sentenced!

  6. Dalia says:

    are you serious!! what is this world coming to? the man, the judge, jury and the damn stupid kid should go to jail and all kicked in the head. wtf!

  7. gordon bates says:

    Thank god this innocent man and his daughter were set free. The only crime here is the deputy that fabricated this lie. And the prosecuter who tried to take the jury down a road to nowhere.

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