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'Urban Cowboy' cited for abandoning horse in Midtown

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His name is Brannu Fulton, and he's a Henry County horse owner.

You'll often see him riding his horses along the streets of Atlanta. His goal is to share the experience of having a horse with urban children who might not normally get to experience that.

"I'm not trying to be bourgie with my horse, I'm not trying to be like, ‘Oh, this is my horse,'" Fulton said. "I'm trying to make the horse a neighborhood mascot for all the inner city kids that can't get to Chastain, that can't get to Alpharetta."

But earlier this week, Atlanta residents said they saw his horse, named Hip Hop, kept in a horse trailer for nearly seven hours.

The locals didn't want to identify themselves, but shared pictures with CBS Atlanta of the horse covered in sores, and standing in his own feces.

One woman, who wished to remain unidentified, said she even put water in the horse's trailer because he had none.

Fulton disagrees with them, and said he neither neglects nor abandoned his horse.  

"Why would I leave my horse and park it in front of the Atlanta Humane Society?" Fulton said. "If I was going to abandon it, I would have left it someplace else."

Gloria Dorsey, a veterinarian with the Atlanta Humane Society, said leaving such a large animal in a confined space for several hours is not a good idea.  

"It's vitally important because they're large," Dorsey said. "And for all of their strength and power, they're still pretty delicate."

Neighbors did call Fulton County Animal Services, who cited the horse's owner with abandonment.

He is expected to appear in court on May 1 to contest the citation.

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