Rochester Man Accused Of Horse’s Mistreatment


ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A Rochester man is accused of injuring a male quarter horse, leading to the animal’s death.


Thirty-nine-year-old Gregory Mark Soukup was charged Thursday with animal cruelty and damage to property.


The Post-Bulletin reports Soukup is accused of inserting his hand and a lancing whip up the horse’s rectum at a farm where he sometimes helped out.


According to the complaint, Soukup arrived at the farm last Sunday afternoon while the owner was away. The complaint says the horse was in obvious distress when the owner returned home after being gone about 90 minutes. The horse had to be euthanized because of severe internal injuries.


Soukop’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 13. A phone number for Soukop could not be found.

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  • Seriously

    How sick can you get? Maybe we should make the punishment fit the crime – IF you know what I mean!

  • John Rhodens

    This proves that evil does exist. This is just unbelievable. I don’t think we should waste tax payers money on a trial, imprisonment or anything for this heinous monster. May he face his actions and be dealt accordingly in this life…and the next.

  • Dave Seavy

    Yes I agree. I wonder how he’d like having that same thing carried out on him. There are many sick and twisted people out there, but this guy heads the list. Unbelievable.

  • ???

    What is a lancing whip? (yes I am a city boy haha) This may be 1 of the sickest things I have heard in a long time. I understand the want for revenge if the guy who owned the place wronged him, but isn’t sticking your hand in a horse’s butt a little far to go to get vengence? There has to be a better way. I hope he gets his come-up-ins.

    • Citizen

      It’s a five-foot long whip. I think you understand what was done to the horse now, don’t you ???

  • Citizen

    I have a rope and a horse for Soukup and for deeper please. You are both sick, sick, depraved, twisted….sorry, words fail me. But the rope, horse, and tree branch won’t. Oh, and by the way, this is a felony in Minnesota. I hope the prosecutor throws away the key.

  • Diane

    This person has no redeeming value. I hope he gets a huge fine and a very long jail sentence.

  • Lgilby

    This happened to my uncle and he would never do anything to harm anybody. This person needs to be put in jail for a long time. How would he like it if somebody did this to him.

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