And most especially for the well being of domestic animals that are delivered, just by being a member of their species, into a state of absolute vulnerability. Any animal we take responsibility for is utterly an completely dependent on our compassion and out conscientious care. And this is what these asshats did to their horse.
Regardless, they need to be prosecuted the fullest extent that the law allows. And for every lame ass excuse they make, a year should be added to he sentence.