- Georgia, USA -
According to the incident report obtained by Voice For Us, on the afternoon of March 22, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office were alerted to a possible animal cruelty situation at a residence on Shoal Creek Road in Colbert.
Officer Floyd responded and was later joined by Sgt. Vaughn.
Officer Floyd made contact with the person who had called to make the complaint and she explained that while she was at her ex-husband’s house to feed his dogs, she noticed that the neighbor’s donkey was hung up in a wire fence and was laying on the ground possibly deceased.
The caller stated she noticed the trapped donkey and thought he was dead until she saw him move his ears.
When Officer Floyd knocked on the door of the residence, no one came to the door.
He found the donkey behind the residence laying on his side with his left leg entangled in a wire fence.
Officer Floyd reported that the donkey was barely alive but still breathing and he was able to remove the wire from his leg.
The poor soul was reported to be in distress, was breathing heavily, and was severely dehydrated.
There was no water for the donkey and Officer Floyd picked up a container and filled it with water from a tap.
At that point Sgt. Vaughn arrived and took over the scene.
He then called the University of Georgia Department of Large Animal Medicine and requested a veterinarian.
The complainant, who is a vet tech at Royston Animal Hospital, assisted Sgt. Vaughn and Officer Floyd with the donkey
48-year-old TINA LOUISE MAZARIEGOS-MEDRANO (pictured below), arrived, and according to the report, said she would get her pistol and shoot the donkey named Cowboy.
Officer Floyd explained a vet was on the way to determine whether Cowboy could be saved.
He then asked MAZARIEGOS-MEDRANO if she knew that Cowboy was trapped and she said she was not aware of this.
She claimed the last time she saw Cowboy up and moving freely was two days prior.
She also claimed she had to go out of town to go to a funeral and someone was checking on the animals.
(Where did I hear this crap before!?)
While waiting for the vet to arrive, Sgt. Vaughn walked throughout the property to check whether there was food and water for the livestock and he found one container with very little dirty water in it and many leaves.
The area where the animals were being kept was littered with debris and feces.
It was reported that there was a gray Toyota pickup truck parked behind the residence and in the bed there was a dead goat with a dog leash on the face.
The goat was partially covered with a black plastic bag.
Officer Floyd asked MAZARIEGOS-MEDRANO about the goat, and she said the goat had been poisoned two weeks prior and had been placed in the back of the truck.
MAZARIEGOS-MEDRANO claimed she found blue balls near the goat but did not keep any as potential evidence of poisoning.
Eventually, the vet, Dr. Michael Q. Lowder arrived.
After pronouncing Cowboy dead, Dr. Lowder explained to Sgt. Vaughn that the poor animal had rain rot on his back.
Rain rot is also known as rain scald and is a severe skin infection that causes scabs and lesions on a horse's skin.
Horses who contract rain rot are usually subjected to wet conditions for long periods.
In fact, Dr. Lowder explained that the infection had been unattended for quite some time.
Dr. Lowder also believed Cowboy had been trapped in that predicament for at least 24 hours.
MAZARIEGOS-MEDRANO was then placed under arrest on cruelty to animals and improper disposal of a dead animal charges.
She was later released on a $2,500 bond.
Voice For Us Disclaimer: This story is sourced from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office incident report.