Horse apparently date raped in western North Dakota

DICKINSON – A horse on a farm east of Dickinson was recovering Friday from an apparent sexual assault, an illegal act ranchers suggest happens all too often in this area, but rarely gets reported.

When Rex Cook saw his son-in-law’s horse Jan. 17, he knew something was wrong with her. He phoned the Stark County Sheriff’s Office which responded.

“It seemed like it was kind of doped or sedated the following day around noon,” said SCSO Capt. Dean Franchuk.

The 7-year-old mare, which resided on Cook’s farm, continued to act in an unhealthy manner, so Cook called his son-in-law, Jerry Reichert, to take her to a veterinarian in Glendive, Mont.

Reichert said the injuries were nothing like the vet had encountered before.

“This is, as you can imagine, not something you think about,” he said. “It was fairly traumatic in respect to the horse.”

The vet was unsure whether an instrument was used to cause the horse’s internal injuries, however the wounds were consistent with sexual assault, Reichert said. A toxicology screen was completed, but drugs that might have been used in the attack could be filtered out of the horse’s system as she wasn’t seen by the vet until nearly 24 hours after the attack, he said.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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