is not a rookie cop.In his
time as a member of the Santa Fe Police Department
has made his
share of traffic stops and investigated more than a few fishy circumstances.
had seen on the job, however, prepared Bruss for what he
saw traveling east on FM 1764."I'll be honest, it was pretty troubling," Bruss
pulled the truck hauling the trailer over in the 1700 block of Rush Road.A close look at the animals chilled him.
"I don't have a lot of experience with horses, but even a layman could tell something was seriously wrong," Bruss
"I thought they were dead.Only the one that was thrashing around appeared to be alive."
The trailer's owner told Bruss
was coming from an auction barn in Algoa and that he
was taking the horses to a veterinarian to be euthanized.Bruss
instructed him to take the animals to the nearby facilities of Dr. Dennis Jenkins for evaluation.
When the trailer was brought to Jenkins' clinic, the vet could do little but euthanize three of the animals immediately, Bruss
A fourth horse, still with a rope tied around its neck, was already dead upon arrival.
"As Dr. Jenkins made his evaluation, some of the things he pointed out were that these animals were severely underweight, bones showing, with long coats and their feet and teeth hadn't been maintained," Bruss
Four other men with Bellow when Bruss
pulled their vehicle over were not charged.