Investigation underway after two men were caught on camera torturing two defenseless horses

Updated: Sep 13

- Arizona, USA -

UPDATE: September 13, 2021

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Animal Crimes Detectives have made two arrests in the case of the two subhumans caught on video tormenting and torturing two defenseless horses in Desert Foothills.

According to a news release by the sheriff’s office, on Thursday, September 9, 20-years-old LAWRENCE WEINHART (pictured below) and 16-years-old ALEXANDER HALBISEN were arrested and charged with two counts of animal cruelty and one count of burglary 3rd degree.

Because of the social media campaign, detectives received multiple tips and leads on the incident, ultimately identifying the two individuals in the video”, stated the release.

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said: “This is just another great example of community members working with law enforcement on solving crimes. Tips from our communities are always an asset to our investigators when solving crimes.”

LAWRENCE WEINHART and ALEXANDER HALBISEN I truly hope that while behind bars someone will throw large, heavy rocks at you, then, come and tell me if that was fun for you!

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~ Original story:

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is investigating after two males were caught on camera throwing rocks at and punching two horses in Desert Foothills.

The senseless torture on the defenseless horses happened during the night of September 2, in Desert Foothill and went on for half an hour.

The heartbreaking video surveillance published by ABC15 shows beautiful 30-years-old Indy trapped in an enclosure while the two subhumans repeatedly throw large stones at him.

Indy can be seen in the video restless and helpless trying to dodge the stones weighing five to ten pounds.

Indy’s guardian, Mr. Sean Pietsch, told reporter Zach Crenshaw that those river rocks could have killed Indy and added: “He crashed into the rails and tried to do everything possible to escape them – to get out of his enclosure.”

Indy was bruised but did not suffer any broken bones.

While Indy was being tortured, the female horse named Cheyenne, who was in the larger enclosure trotted over to check on Indy.

At that point the two subhumans took their frustrations out on her.

Mr. and Mrs. Pietsch explained to Zach Crenshaw that the following morning while they were feeding the horses, they noticed a river rock in Indy’s pen and checked the security cameras.

Footage also shows that when Mr. Pietsch stepped outside to smoke, at around 1:30 a.m., the two males ran away.

Mr. Pietsch was unaware of what was going on and said: “I almost feel guilty that I was 200 feet away and didn’t know, and didn’t stop it.”

The couple are confident that the criminals will get caught.

Mrs. Pietsch said their fingerprints are all over the rails.

Meanwhile, the community is understandably outraged and nervous and is on the lookout.

A reward is being offered in exchange for information leading to a criminal conviction of these two worthless individuals and Mrs. Pietsch has started a GoFundMe hoping to increase the reward.

Based on the security camera video, the two male suspects are both white between the approximate ages of 16-22.

One of the two was wearing a blue shirt, tan bottom, has blond hair, and appears to be between 5’ 7” & 5’ 9”, approximately 150lbs.

The other suspect was wearing a light-colored top and pants, has dark shoulder-length curly hair, dark-colored baseball cap with light-colored writing on it, and appears to be between 5’ 10” & 6’, approximately 155lbs.

If you recognize either or have information regarding this case, please come forward and speak up for the VOICELESS VICTIMS.

Please contact the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office at (602) - 876 -TIPS (8477). Thank you!

I have emailed the Public Information Office to ask whether the news will be posted on the sheriff’s office Facebook page so that we can have more information to share.

I have not heard back from them yet.

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