The trials of Kachina, the Arizona horse dragging case (US)

Kachina, a beautiful draft mare, was dragged behind a truck, then beaten afterwards to get up by the driver and his 13-year old daughter, in Pinal County, Arizona.
Kachina, a beautiful draft mare, was dragged behind a truck, then beaten afterwards to get up by the driver and his 13-year old daughter, in Pinal County, Arizona.

April 9, 2009, Amado, AZ – Horse advocates attended a three day trial in March, awaiting the fate of Kachina, the beautiful draft mare (left) who on August 3, 2008 was beaten and dragged behind a truck in Florence, Arizona. After a 911 call to the Pinal County Sheriff’s office, a sheriff’s corporal arrived at the scene and spotted a horse on its side being dragged.

The driver and his 13 year old daughter, got out of the truck. The 13 year old began kicking the horse in the head, yelling at the horse to get up, while the man retrieved a PVC pipe from the back of the truck and began beating the horse, simultaneously yelling for the horse to get up. The corporal repeatedly ordered the two to stop and was forced to draw his weapon.

The horse was bleeding from the nostrils, she had numerous contusions, cuts on the lower jaw and neck, and abrasians on her hocks, open wounds from being beaten with the pipe and suffered a road rash burn due to being dragged.

The man, Gordon Allen Bates and his daughter were arrested on animal cruelty charges. On March 17, 18, 19, Gordon Allen Bates was tried and found “not guilty” on felony animal cruelty charges.

Kachina would have died if the corporal had not stepped in to loosen the deadly noose around her neck, according to individuals who attended the trial.

Kachina, in the lead at the forefront of this image, would have died if it were not for the intervention of a Pinal County, Arizona, Sheriff Dept Corporal. The perpetrators of this crime were found not guilty by a local jury.  It is staggering they did so, and should hang their heads in shame for the truly tragic and dangerous message they send.  Kachina has been rescued, and after an adjustment was turned out to romp and play in freedom and safety with the PMU herd at Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary, Jumpin' Jack Ranch, Arizona.
Kachina, in the lead at the forefront of this image, would have died if it were not for the intervention of a Pinal County, Arizona, Sheriff Dept Corporal. The perpetrators of this crime were found not guilty by a local jury. It is staggering they did so, and should hang their heads in shame for the truly tragic and dangerous message they send. Kachina has been rescued, and after an adjustment was turned out to romp and play in freedom and safety with the PMU herd at Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary, Jumpin' Jack Ranch, Arizona.

After much negotiation, Kachina was rescued by Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary in Amado, Arizona where she has found peaceful sanctuary. Kachina arrived on Wednesday April 1, 2009, and has just been introduced to the main PMU herd at the sanctuary. Kachina is looking for sponsors to help with her feed and daily care. Black arrow right Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary >>

Source: Edited Press Release, Images courtesy of Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary

4 thoughts on “The trials of Kachina, the Arizona horse dragging case (US)”

  1. Its been 10 years, I pray he has become kinder. Its inconceivable to anyone with a heart to teach a 13 year old little girl how to be so cruel and abuse at such a young age. I wonder at 23 if she has remorse and if he has remorse for what they did. God willing, they are different people. for ALL of our sake.

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  2. How could the idiots on the jury not see the evidence? Are Your brains damaged from the heat? I guess so. Shame on you Arizona jury and the prosecutor for doing such a lousy job!

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  3. This man, daughter and the jurors I hope will all burn in hell for what they did. Did the jurors see the photos? Are they blind? How the hell did this man go free? The only people who do this kind of hanious act where either abused or molested as children. Thats all they know. What kind of society do we live in?

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  4. Are you sure that the abusers of Kachina, the dragged and beaten horse that you rescued, that he in fact has no more horses since Jury found him NOT guilty!!? He will still abuse!!!Here is his latest address, you are there, I’m in NY and can’t go check!! He must be stopped from having ANY animals!
    Gordon Allen Bates
    Age 59
    Current Phone Number
    (520) 868-8924
    Current Address
    4194 Razorback
    Florence, AZ 85232
    Current Email
    GBATES2100@YAHOO.COM

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