A Killeen man, later identified as Joseph Edward Booth, 54, was arraigned Monday on a charge of cruelty to a livestock animal.

Killeen police received a call May 17 about a horse running behind a trailer on Trimmier Road, and then shortly after received another call regarding a maroon Silverado truck and a bloody horse near Charles Patterson Middle School, according to the affidavit.

While driving south on Trimmier, an officer observed a maroon truck pulling a horse trailer, and entering a driveway on Trimmier, according to the report.

The officer reported he identified the driver as Booth, who advised he needed to restrain his horse, according to the affidavit.

The officer then observed that the horse had large patches of hair removed, a deep cut, missing flesh above his left eye and blood on the horse’s left front side, injuries consistent with being dragged along the ground, according to the report.

The officer spoke with Booth, who said he was pulling his horse behind the truck and horse trailer when he was informed by a person on a motorcycle that his horse had fallen, according to the affidavit.

Two witnesses reported seeing the truck traveling at about 35 to 40 mph, with a horse tied to the back of the trailer being dragged, according to the affidavit.

One of the witnesses reported observing that a motorcyclist had to stop the pickup driver, according to the report.

The officer said he spoke with a veterinarian who came to treat the horse, who stated the injuries, road rash and lacerations, were consistent with being dragged on a road, according to the report.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke set Booth’s bond at $20,000 on Monday.

jdowland@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7464

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