Texas Horse Cruelty Case Motivates Legislative Change

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A 22-year-old Texas man will serve nine months in jail for torturing and killing a yearling filly named Cowboy Chic in her pasture last October.

A jury convicted Kenneth Ryan Peterson of animal cruelty and felony criminal mischief in 11 minutes of deliberation.

This case and a series of other attacks on Texas horses in 2005 and 2006 motivated a legislative proposal to stiffen

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