A friend who is a large animal veterinarian contacted the Globe with very disturbing news: “I just sutured the face of a horse attacked by a homeless guy with a hammer. He killed 12 of 15 pet birds in the chicken coop,” she said.
This took place in Sacramento County last week.
“When are we going to do something about the homeless mentally ill drug addled population in sac county?” she asked.
Unfortunately she is correct. This case is a perfect example of untreated drug use and mental health.
The Globe also talked with the owner of the injured horse, and pet chickens and ducks which were killed.
She said she normally she goes out to feed the horses, chickens and ducks by 7:30am, but that morning delayed. “Something in my head said ‘just stay inside this morning.'”
“I just had a weird feeling.”
Instead she went out to the stalls by 9:05am and saw a man standing right in front of her horse’s stall. “I called out to him, ‘get out of there,'” she said. He walked slowly away from the stall, appearing zoned out, she said. She said she immediately ran back in to her home and called 9-1-1. He was close enough still to hear her on the phone with the police dispatchers.
She said a retired police officer lives at her ranch and was up by then, but the vagrant had walked to a nearby park, and was no longer on her property. No one at this point knew what he had done to the animals.
The retired police officer and a neighbor followed the vagrant in to the park and told him to halt. About this time Sacramento County Sheriffs Deputies arrived. And that was when she and a Deputy Sheriff found her 27-year old retired show horse with gashes on his head. The vagrant beat the horse bloody with a hammer.
Later they discovered the vagrant had beaten the horse all over his body with the hammer. The hammer did not break the skin other than on his head, but he had swollen knots all over his body.
They found the dead pet chickens and ducks later. The deputy sheriff told the owner the homeless vagrant got into the chicken coup and swung the hammer all over, killing 12 of the chickens. Two pet ducks were also beaten to death by the hammer wielding vagrant.
“I feel very scared,” the horse’s owner said. “I can’t believe someone would come on to our property and do this. He put a gaping wounds on the animals and on us.”
“Our biggest fear is he is bailed out,” she added. She said the police appeared to know of him or who he was. “They said ‘he shouldn’t be in this area.'”
“They [mentally-ill homeless] are not even taken care of when they are out of control.”
UPDATE: The homeless man was arrested.
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