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Humane Society of Louisiana tracking developments of horse shooting case

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BOYCE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - The Humane Society of Louisiana isreviewing a case involving the shooting of two horses that occurred inSeptember.  

According to sheriff's reports, Mr. John Shuler, aged 63, of Boyce, was charged with two counts of aggravatedcruelty to animals after he shot two horses belonging to a neighbor multipletimes with a shotgun.  

The horses wandered on to Mr. Shuler's propertyafter walking through a hole in the fence.

The sheriff's report noted that Mr.Shuler shot the horses after making multiple attempts to drive the horses backto their property.  

In the ensuing "round up," Mr. Shuler saidthat one of the horses kicked him and knocked him off his SUV.  Afterbeing allegedly thrown off his vehicle, Mr. Shuler went inside his house toretrieve his shot gun and proceeded to shoot both horses.

"Photos submitted to the Humane Society by the owners of the horses showboth horses bloody and severely injured. Dozens of pellets tore through thesides of both horses.  We agree with the actions taken by the RapidesParish Sheriff's Office that this is a punishable offense," said Jeff Dorson,Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana, based in New Orleans. 

"We also agree that these actions rose to the levels of aggravatedcruelty to animals, since both horses were maimed and probably can never beenridden again. I spoke at length with the lead investigator on this matter,Detective Stephen Phillips, who informed me that the case file will beforwarded to the district attorney's office for review as soon as it'scompleted."

Those convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals face up to 10 years in prisonand up to $25,000 in fines.  Louisiana has some of the highest penaltiesfor animal cruelty convictions in the nation.

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