Man hit with animal cruelty charge for tying horses to truck, driving down busy street

NEW BRAUNFELS, TexasFabian Athayde was arrested Thursday after tying two horses to his truck and driving down a busy road in New Braunfels, according to deputies.

Video obtained by the Seguin Gazette shows Athayde driving on FM 725 near Zipp Road with a horse tied to either side of his truck, while a third horse trails behind.

Guadalupe County Pct. 1 Constable Deputy Christopher Szymanski tried to stop the truck, but Athayde refused to stop until he came up to a residence near Rolling Fork Drive, according to the Seguin Gazette.

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Szymanski told the paper that Athayde was reclaiming his horses following a dispute, but said the third horse followed him and wasn't his.

Pct. 1 Constable James Springer told the Gazette that Athayde ran one of the horses into a patrol car before they were picked up by the other owner.

Athayde is charged with cruelty to livestock animals due to neglect/overwork, reckless damage or destruction and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, according to county jail records.

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He was released with bonds totaling $12,200, according to jail records.

One horse was taken to the vet after sustaining a cut on its leg during the incident.


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