Shamus Haws Case of 10 Dead Horses

Shamus Haws Guilty of Animal Cruelty in Horses’ Dehydration Deaths

10 Horses Died

A jury found a Utah horse trainer guilty of animal cruelty on Friday.

Shamus Haws was convicted of 4 counts of horse cruelty. The Running U Livestock owner, from Erda, was charged with 11 counts of cruelty to animals after 10 horses died from dehydration last year.

Last summer, Haws’ horses died after being found without water in a large pasture without a natural water source. One did survive, but was severely dehydrated. Haws was acquitted of 7 counts of animal cruelty.

AQHA’s senior director of breed integrity and welfare Ward Stutz says the Executive Committee will meet soon to review Haws’ case. The committee members will make the decision on Haws’ membership status with AQHA.

Haws is scheduled to be sentenced on November 4th. He faces jail and a fine.