The American Humane Association has ordered an independent investigation into the serious injury of a horse used during filming of 3:10 To Yuma in New Mexico. The horse was so severely injured that it had to be euthanized on the movie set. American Humane will recommend that authorities pursue animal-abuse charges if the investigation determines such charges are warranted.

During filming on Monday, Oct. 23, of the Lionsgate western "3:10 to Yuma," a horse in a scene ran head-on into a camera-carrying vehicle, severely injuring itself and its rider, who is a professional rider/stuntman. The rider went to the hospital in critical condition, and the horse's injuries were severe enough to warrant euthanasia on the set. The accident happened in Diablo Canyon near Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In "3:10 To Yuma," Russell Crowe plays a desperado whose accomplices stage an ambush after he is taken into custody by a determined local sheriff in this remake of the 1957 film.