Initially, the situation was not deemed as an emergency because the dead horse was not obstructing traffic. But residents complained that it was both a nuisance and health issue.
One Facebook viewer wrote, “This poor animal is on the East Side of Lubbock left to rot until Monday! There are children that don’t need to see or smell this!”
Another Facebook viewer wrote, “But let there be a dead horse in another part of town, I'm more than sure it would have been dealt with before the whole neighborhood could see it!”
Animal Services then put a priority on the situation and found a front-end loader Saturday evening to mover the carcass, even though it was during the July 4th holiday weekend.
There is still no word on how the horse’s body ended up at that location.