DENVER, Colo. (Meredith) -- Video of a horse being dragged behind a truck sparked outrage when it was posted on Facebook. 

The horse's owners, John Saldate and Amber Saldate, are both facing a charge of animal cruelty. 

In the video, the horse named Trigger is tied by his halter to the back of a truck as his owner drives the vehicle down a snow-covered road, pulling the horse behind it.

The woman heard yelling at the horse in the video said she now realizes the horrible mistake they made. 

"You make one bad decision sometimes and it can destroy your life,” Amber Saldate told the station. “I've lost my job, upset a lot of people and I made our horse go through something he shouldn't have and it was wrong."

She spoke to KCNC-TV off camera as Grand County Sheriff’s Office investigators and animal welfare experts stood watch at the bottom of her driveway. 

"Cases involving kids and animals are obviously very emotional,” the Grand County Sheriff said. “We need to do our part of the investigation which sometimes takes a little bit longer than what the community is hoping."

Trigger is a new addition to the family. The owners said the horse gave its past owner problems so they got a good deal on him. 

"I don't believe they should have horses if that's how they're going to treat them it's not appropriate it's not how you train a horse," an animal welfare expert said. 

Now Trigger is going to an animal rescue center to be looked at by veterinary staff.

"I'm very sorry.  And I get that people are upset and I understand that,” Amber Saldate said. "It was so stupid I don't know why we did it. I don't know"

According to local media, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office took possession of the horse. 

Authorities did not take the couple’s other two horses.


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