03/25/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Horse Abandonment On The Rise In Wake Of Economy

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Brand inspector Mike Walck won't soon forget one of the worst cases of animal cruelty he has seen. In mid-November, between Rulison and Parachute, someone shot a horse in the head, leaving the gray gelding in his late teens or early 20s for dead. But the horse didn't die.

"I don't know why they were trying to kill the horse, but they damn sure shot it in the head," Walck said angrily. "It's a tough deal."

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