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Rodeo Bulldogger Charged in Gruesome Trailer Deaths

Police find 22 animals in trailer

Associated Press
Friday, April 13, 2001 

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- Police stopped a truck on U.S. 41 after motorists reported an animal's leg was hanging from the rear of a trailer and being dragged along the highway. 

State Police found 22 animals in the trailer on Thursday, including three dead steers, two steers near death and a horse that had to be put to sleep by a veterinarian. 

The truck driver, Jarod W. Steffen, 21, of Richmond, Ill., was arrested in preliminary charges of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to 180 days in jail.

Steffen told police he was carrying the livestock because he is a rodeo bulldogger.