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Merced police employee under investigation for cruelty to a horse in Mariposa

A member of the Merced Police Department is under investigation for possible animal neglect in Mariposa County, the Sun-Star has learned.

Merced police officials confirmed Tuesday the department has opened its own internal investigation into the incident — but declined when asked to name the employee.

The case stems from a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department investigation into an injured 3- to 4-year-old horse at a residence on Mark Twain Lane.

According to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department, earlier this month Mariposa Animal Control had responded to the scene because the horse was unable to stand. The horse eventually had to be killed.

Merced Police Cmdr. Floyd Higdon said the investigation in Mariposa County does involve one of the police department’s employees. He said the police department is not involved with Mariposa County’s investigation.

Higdon said the police department is awaiting “what, if any violations may have occurred.” He also said although the police department has opened its own internal investigation, it will await the results from Mariposa County before proceeding.

Mariposa District Attorney Bob Brown said the Mariposa Sheriff’s Department’s report has yet to be filed with his office. Brown said he expects to see that report by Friday. “We will then make a filing decision once we receive it,” he added.

Brown noted that no charges have been filed so far against the person who’s being investigated.

For more about this story, read Wednesday’s Merced Sun-Star.