Man Accused of Hanging Horse to Plead Not Guilty

A man accused of starving and then hanging a 27-year-old Appaloosa plans to plead not guilty at his next court appearance Jan. 25, at which time a trial date will also be set.

David Whiffin of Vancouver Island faces charges of killing cattle, causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal, and failing to provide the necessities of life. Clayton Cunningham, also of Vancouver I

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A man accused of starving and then hanging a 27-year-old Appaloosa plans to plead not guilty at his next court appearance Jan. 25, at which time a trial date will also be set.

David Whiffin of Vancouver Island faces charges of killing cattle, causing unnecessary pain and suffering to an animal, and failing to provide the necessities of life. Clayton Cunningham, also of Vancouver Island, faces the same charges.

The horse, named Jalupe, died Sept. 15, 2009, when Whiffin allegedly tied a rope around the animal's neck, looped it over the bucket of an excavator and raised the bucket, strangling him.

According to Whiffin's lawyer, Donald McKay, Jalupe suffered from bad teeth that prevented him from eating properly. "He was put on a special diet of water soaked beets, and this was having a positive effect but it was not happening quickly," said McKay

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