WRIGHT COUNTY, Mo. -- A Mountain Grove man is accused driving drunk and abusing a horse at the same time.
Eye witnesses tell our Michael Deere what they saw the man doing to his horse and how they stopped the abuse.
Warning, some of the images in this story may be disturbing to some viewers.
This area of Fox Creek Road is where witnesses say they were finally able to stop the man that was dragging his horse that was tied up behind his pickup truck. Blood still stains the road here on Fox Creek Road. Witnesses say when they arrived, the scene was horrific.
Sasha Martinez, her 12-year-old daughter Sumor and family friend Mickie, were outside Martinez's home on Fox Creek Road this past Saturday evening grilling, when something caught their attention.
"He had the horse tied to the back of his truck. Probably about three to five feet of rope on the flatbed and he was just trotting along....probably going 15 to 20 miles per hour. We thought that's pretty odd but was hoping maybe his house was down there and he was going to drop her off, so we didn't think nothing of it," Sasha Martinez told KY3.
Nearly two hours later, the man and the horse came back by the house, this time heading north on Fox Creek Road.
Sumor, who owns her own horses, knew something wasn't right.
She walked out near the mailbox to get a better view of the horse.
"Sis starts screaming and hollering. Mom, the horse has dropped and he's dragging her," Martinez said.
They lept into action.
"She looked dead standing up," Sumor Smith added.
The owner, identified as 63-year-old Curtis Campbell or Dow as he's know around town, didn't want anyone to stop him.
"He wouldn't stop, so the only thing I could think to do was just get in front of the truck. Had I not grabbed on to the front of that grill, he would have run me smooth over," Martinez exclaimed.
The highway patrol arrested Campbell, charging him with misdemeanor DWI and first degree animal abuse.
The horse was taken by a local vet and at last check was doing much better.