N.M. Horse Shooter to Face No Charges

The man who posted a video on the Internet of himself shooting his horse will not face charges.

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A New Mexico man who posted a video on the Internet of himself shooting his horse  will not face charges, according to the District Attorney handling the case.

On March 21 a graphic video depicting Tim Sappington fatally shooting his own horse began appearing on YouTube; the same day, the video began receiving national news coverage. In the video Sappington retrieves the halter-wearing horse from its paddock and leads the animal to a spot in front of the video camera. Sappington then pets the horse, turns to the camera, and utters expletives aimed at animal welfare advocates before fatally shooting the horse in the forehead.

The New Mexico Livestock Board subsequently investigated the shooting and forwarded their findings to Chaves County District Attorney Janetta B. Hicks.

In an April 12 letter, Hicks notified Livestock Inspector Darren S. Davis that she would not be filing criminal charges in the case on grounds that the shooting did not violate New Mexico law

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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