A Natrona County man has been cited for injuring a horse that he was looking after.

Dennis Good has been cited with one misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals.

The Natrona County Sheriff's Office says they received an anonymous tip at around 11am Monday, May 4th, regarding a horse being drug by a truck on Bates Creek Lane.

Good told deputies that he was separating his mare from its colt, because of feeding issues, so he tied her to his truck to walk her to a neighbor's home.

While he was leading the horse in his pickup truck, there were times when the horse would plant it's feet, sit down and eventually break the halters.

He added when that happened, he would immediately stop his truck and did not drag the horse, but said "sometimes a person has to do what a person has to do to get the job done."

Investigators found dried blood on the chain and lead rope.

Evidence on the ground showed that the horse was drug for 214 feet, and the drag marks were consistent with a horse planting its feet in the ground, while something pulled the horse forward.

Several pools of blood were found along the trial and various injuries were also found on the horse, particularly from the hind legs.

Good must appear before a circuit court judge on Friday, May 15th.

Cruelty to animals is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 6 months in jail, a $750 fine, or both.