Guilty Plea Entered in Iowa Horse Shootings

An Iowa man has pleaded guilty to shooting three horses while they grazed in their Johnson County, Iowa, pasture.

Court records say that last year Ryan Lee Grafft shot at least three horses. A Johnson County Sheriff's Department representative said one horse was killed and two other were injured in the incident.

Grafft was subsequently arrested and charged with three counts of livestock abuse, one count of reckless use of a firearm with property damage, one count of criminal mischief, and one count of reckless use of a firearm with serious injury.

Grafft was unavailable for comment.

Court records say Grafft pleaded guilty to livestock abuse and unlawful discharge of a firearm on Jan. 21, and that his sentencing is set for February.

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Pat Raia

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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