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HCSO responds to complaint of horse attacking two men and a donkey

Jeff Bobo • Feb 16, 2014 at 9:34 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Two Hawkins County men told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office last week they were attacked by a neighbor’s loose horse that also injured a donkey.

Wednesday evening HCSO Deputy Bobby Moffitt was dispatched to a residence on Grassy Creek Road south of Surgoinsville on an animal complaint at the residence of A.D. Morelock.

Morelock stated that a neighbor’s horse had gotten loose and got into a field with his two donkeys.

One of the donkeys apparently attempted to mate with the horse, resulting in the horse kicking it in the shoulder and causing it to bleed.

Morelock stated he and a friend, Tommy Ramsey Jr., of Mount Carmel, tried to put the donkey in the barn, but the horse charged Ramsey.

“Morelock stated the horse kicked Ramsey and pinned him up against the wall,” Moffitt stated in his report. “Morelock stated he tried to get the halter on the horse, and the horse threw him into the wall. He was able to get the horse shut up in the stall.”

Both men refused treatment by EMS, although both claimed back pain, Moffitt added.

Morelock said he had his donkey’s shoulder treated by a vet and he received a bill for $180.

Moffitt then spoke to the caretaker of the horse, Tammy Wallace, who claimed the donkey had an injury on its shoulder from a previous owner.

Wallace also stated Morelock allowed her to run the horse on his property.

Moffitt stated he advised Morelock to seek private prosecution.

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