Hunter Charged With Killing Horse
Mar. 21, 2002
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A man was charged Thursday with killing a horse with a bow and arrow, and wounding another horse and a dog with a shotgun _ an attack allegedly sparked by an unsuccessful deer hunt.
Donald Ray Bussey Jr., 20, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the five felony counts stemming from the October attacks.
Investigators said Bussey became frustrated after a deer hunting trip with friends failed to bag an animal.
As the hunting party drove back into Alachua County, Bussey told his friends he was going to shoot a live animal, said Terence McElroy, a state agriculture agency spokesman.
Bussey allegedly fired a shotgun from the window of a pickup, grazing a horse and wounding a dog in the leg.
Then he climbed into the back of the pickup and allegedly shot a $10,000 Arabian gelding with a bow and arrow, killing it within minutes, officials said.