Clint Spence, 42 | Credit: Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office

Jonny Goodday | 9/4/2020 | Goodday Mineral Wells | Palo Pinto County Sheriff Updates

PALO PINTO COUNTY, TX – On September 4th, 2020, Clint Spence, resident of Mineral Wells and owner of Spence Ranch/Spence Cutting Horses, was arrested for theft and also charged with animal cruelty.

On Monday, August 31st, 2020, a Facebook post of horses being abused and being repeatedly beaten went viral. The video caused a great deal of panic from viewers resulting in the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s office getting calls about the incident. At this time, it has been shared over 3.2k times.

Warning: the videos and photos shown in the post are very graphic

According to Brett E. McGuire, Palo Pinto County Sheriff, this is currently an ongoing investigation. At the time of the Facebook post, the Palo Pinto Sheriff’s office was not informed about animal abuse. No one had come forward to report the incident to them until this post went viral. As soon as they were made aware, they started investigating. At this time, they are trying to get a witness statement from the person that initially captured the videos and photos. Sabrina wasn’t the one who caught the videos. Actually, the video clip and pictures were possibly captured a while back. The horses shown in the video were not at the ranch, but the current horses that were at the ranch when a deputy arrived appeared to be well feed, hydrated, and healthy.

On a completely unrelated call, deputies had reason to believe they had come across a stolen Skid-Steer Loader from Ward County (West Texas). The warrant for Clint’s arrest was for theft of a Skid-Steer Loader and a trailer. After his arrest, detectives were able to positively identify him as the individual in the video, adding on charges for cruelty to a livestock animal. Clint’s bail has been placed at $10,000 for physical abuse of a livestock animal & $30,000 for theft of property.

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