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'Suck it' carved in horse's teeth

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BANDERA, Texas -

The sheriff in a Texas hill country county says he will not bring animal cruelty charges against a man who carved "suck it" into a horse's front teeth.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, a man named Nick Coates allegedly carved the words on the teeth of a horse named Cowboy in 2009.


Coates had been hired to file down the teeth of all the horses at the Running R Guest Ranch -- a routine procedure.

But according to ranch manager Diane Migliaccio, Coates used a Dremel-like rotary tool to carve the letters in Cowboy's teeth. He also allegedly carved the letters "RR" in the teeth of a horse named Diablo.

Both horses have since been sold to new owners.

Veterinarian Samantha Mixon was "shocked" to see Cowboy's teeth during an April visit, but when she filed a cruelty complaint, two other vets who investigated the complaint couldn't agree on whether the teeth-carving was animal cruelty.

"All the vets agree it was stupid and unnecessary, but they differ on whether it caused pain and suffering," Bandera County Sgt. Shane Merritt told the Express-News.

Merritt says the statute of limitations has also run out, since the carving allegedly happened four years ago.

Cowboy's new owner says the 18-year-old horse is doing well, but he's still angry at Coates. "I'd like to get him alone for 15 minutes," said Jay Sorrell. "I've got a Dremel, too."

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