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Teen Stole Horse Recovering From Broken Hip, Rode Him Until He Couldn’t Stand, Then Dumped Him In Creek To Drown

Published: January 24, 2022 at 04:50 PM Author: Penny Eims

Selma, Alabama – A despicable, and heartwrenching act of cruelty recently took place in Alabama, leaving a former racehorse dead in a tragic and unthinkable manner. The horse’s name was Yankey, and his owner, Vicky Stoudenmire, was nursing him back to health after he broke his hip. But before Yankey was healed, a 17-year-old broke through fencing at Stoudenmire’s property and whisked the recovering horse away.

Stealing Yankey was terrible, but what the teen did next is horrific. A video that was posted to social media revealed how Yankey was treated after being taken from his home. The horse who was not supposed to have anyone on his back during his recovery was ridden by the teen…and he was forced to run.

In the footage, a teen can be seen taking Yankey for a “joy ride,” and at one point, racing a car to see how fast the horse could run.  After a few days of running, the injured horse was too lame to stand. At this point, the teenager solicited help from 23-year-old Terrius Smith, who helped load Yankey into a trailer.

The pair took Yankey to a creek, forced him out of the trailer, and left him in the murky water to drown. Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson has stated that Yankey’s leg was broken because of the way he was ridden; the horse was found with a compound break above his hock.

The way that Yankey was treated before dying breaks his owner’s heart. She said, “I get sick to my stomach thinking about how much pain he was in and how he was just treated so poorly.”

The teenager is facing a second-degree theft of property and aggravated animal cruelty charge and his case will be handled in juvenile court. Smith is also charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

Please add your name to the petition today. Yankey was stolen and tortured before being dumped in a creek to die – this is an appalling crime that must not go unpunished!

We the undersigned demand that the suspects responsible for torturing and killing Yankey receive the maximum punishment allowable by law.

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.



Selma Times Journal


Update: As of January 26, Animal Victory has been told that the primary person accused in this crime is 17, and because of his age, there is no information that can be released. Terrius Smith, the individual who was contacted to help, is charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Animal Victory has sent 19,073 signatures to District Attorney Michael Jackson

Teen Stole Horse Recovering From Broken Hip, Rode Him Until He Couldn’t Stand, Then Dumped Him In Creek To Drown

19,174 signatures = 96% of goal

19,174 Dana Payton May 23, 2022
19,173 Edie Shaw May 22, 2022
19,172 Samantha Neri May 22, 2022
19,171 Daniel Avichail May 22, 2022
19,170 Wayne Hernandez May 21, 2022
19,169 Michelle Peters The piece of garbage “teen” should be charged as an adult!! Both men are complete human filth and have no place in society. That kind of evil can’t be rehabilitated. May 21, 2022
19,168 véronique crabbé May 21, 2022
19,167 Mary Marts There is no life in this person’s eyes. He’s half dead- & society should finish the job. No one - NO ONE - who acts with such cruelty is a MINOR. He is a MAJOR PLAYER in an act of cruelty to a beautiful, innocent creature. May 20, 2022
19,166 Steve Havercamp Jail. For a very long time. May 20, 2022
19,165 Debra Ryan May 18, 2022
19,164 Bruno Hurel May 18, 2022
19,163 Marion Friedl May 14, 2022
19,162 Cindy Rancourt May 14, 2022
19,161 Alessia Di Buono May 14, 2022
19,160 Ulrich Spauschus May 14, 2022
19,159 Valerie Bigelow May 13, 2022
19,158 CAROL HARTMAN jail him and throw away the key. He's dangerous to people and pets! May 13, 2022
19,157Anonymous May 11, 2022
19,156 Keleen McBride May 11, 2022
19,155 Christine Chudzicki May 10, 2022
19,154 Geana Davis May 10, 2022
19,153 Patricia Fay May 07, 2022
19,152 Vivien Gémesi May 06, 2022
19,151Anonymous May 06, 2022
19,150 Ava Fox May 06, 2022
19,149 Sarah Rescorl May 05, 2022
19,148 Rosalie Uliano May 05, 2022
19,147 Suzanne Grafious May 04, 2022
19,146 Chris Horton May 04, 2022
19,145 Ira Kusumaningrum Horse Live Matter! Psycho! May 04, 2022