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Maximum Sentence And A Ban From Training For Man Who Repeatedly Beat Downed Horse

Published: May 10, 2022 at 06:49 PM Author: Penny Eims

Maverick County, Texas – Multiple graded, stakes-winning trainer Rodolfo Sanchez is facing a felony animal cruelty charge and has been temporarily suspended by the Texas Racing Commission after a disturbing video was captured of him repeatedly beating a downed horse at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds in early April.

The minutes-long footage is difficult to watch. A horse is tethered to a tree and Sanchez can be seen repeatedly whipping the helpless animal even when he/she is down on the ground. Because of the length of the tether, the horse’s neck is stretched upward and he/she can be seen breathing heavily throughout the agonizing ordeal.

(Video below – discretion is advised)

As an animal advocacy organization, we are unfortunately accustomed to egregious acts of cruelty. The video footage of this beating is especially heinous because the cruelty is being carried out by a professional; someone entrusted to treat these majestic animals with the kindness and dignity they deserve.

According to the authorities in Val Verde County, Sanchez is believed to have an estimated 15-17 horses that remain in his care. Please add your name to the petition as we fight to have these animals removed from Sanchez’s care, in addition to the maximum sentence allowable by law for his animal cruelty charge(s). We will also be petitioning the Texas Racing Commission to permanently restrict Sanchez from training horses.

We the undersigned demand that Rodolfo Sanchez is held responsible for the unnecessary and cruel beating of this horse. We are petitioning for Sanchez to receive the maximum punishment allowable by law for the charge(s) stemming from this incident, in addition to a ban on his ability to train and/or work with animals in the future. We also want the horses currently in his care to be removed.

(There are conflicting reports about the identity of the horse beaten in the video. Some sources state that the horse is named Guapa, while others state that it is a filly named Fool for It. All sources state that the horse was removed by county officials and that he (or she) is alive and receiving care)

Note: Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.


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Update 5/20/2022: Animal Victory has sent 14,391 signatures to Chief Investigator Mike Fleming from the Texas Racing Commission.

Maximum Sentence And A Ban From Training For Man Who Repeatedly Beat Downed Horse

14,892 signatures = 74% of goal

14,892 Ana Gomes May 24, 2022
14,891 Indira Manojlovic May 24, 2022
14,890 Lori Montoya Prosecute that abuser!! May 24, 2022
14,889 kim Curtis May 24, 2022
14,888 Colete Fays May 24, 2022
14,887 Colete FAYS May 24, 2022
14,886 KATHY SHIROKY May 24, 2022
14,885 Marie Christine Gennaro May 24, 2022
14,884 Mary Jo DiStephano May 24, 2022
14,883 Diane Habener I worked around racehorses and racetracks for 9 years and love the sport and the breed. I currently own a retired TB that I am repurposing for riding. This man not only needs to be barred from training racehorses, but from ever owning or being around any horse again. His current horses should be removed while he is awaiting trial. May 24, 2022
14,882 Elena Rudyak May 24, 2022
14,881Anonymous May 24, 2022
14,880 Catherine Switala May 24, 2022
14,879 Sarah McAvoy May 24, 2022
14,878 Becky Coggan It's no longer going to be possible to get away with animal abuse like this, the world is watching. Maximum penalty should be imposed for such cruelty. May 23, 2022
14,877 Monica Wood May 23, 2022
14,876 Kathy Green May 23, 2022
14,875 Azhand Shokohi May 23, 2022
14,874 Dalia Castillo May 23, 2022
14,873 wendy parker May 23, 2022
14,872 Cheryl Fontanilla May 23, 2022
14,871 Ann M Smithhisler May 23, 2022
14,870 A K May 23, 2022
14,869 Dana Payton May 23, 2022
14,868Anonymous May 23, 2022
14,867 Edit Mizsei May 23, 2022
14,866 Colette Anna Pepin Give the same treatment to that cruel person who did this he will learn only if he receives same treatment otherwise he will continue doing it. I have no respect for these people and furthermore I really dislike them. May 23, 2022
14,865 Su Homes Evil b*****d May 23, 2022
14,864 Stephanie Reid May 23, 2022
14,863 Trever Mart May 23, 2022