NAGEEZI — Last Wednesday, Marilyn Frank and her children traveled from their home in Aztec to land they own in Nageezi to check on their free-range horses.
But the ordinary day turned to horror for the family when it discovered one horse, affectionately named Sonny, dead, mutilated, its ears and reproductive organs missing and a trail of blood running through the nearby dirt and grass.
And it’s not the first time it’s happened.
“They even did that to my mom’s goats, too,” Marilyn’s son, Henderson Frank, said as he stood near the carcass Tuesday. Flies buzzed near the animal’s body, which has laid in the dust for nearly a week.
The Franks own dozens of goats, sheep and horses that they let roam the land they own near Chaco Cultural National Historical Park.
Several times a week, Marilyn visits the horses and checks on the family’s animals, which use a natural watering hole and grass in the area for food and water as they roam the land.
“We think about them as precious animals,” Henderson said. “We grieved about it too; we still are.”
The family called the Navajo Police in Crownpoint, who directed them to the Navajo Nation Animal Control in Window Rock, Ariz., but they have yet to receive a response.
And the lack of response from officials is leaving the Franks with unanswered questions.
“Who would do this thing to my horse?” Henderson said. “It’s just hurtful.”
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I actually saw this on the news last night. They haven’t posted the video yet, which is kind of weird because they normally post everything. Anyhow, I did NOT notice a trail of blood like this article describes. Maybe I missed it. I would like to see the video again.