Horse Owners, Neighbor Indicted in Missouri Horse Shooting

A Missouri man has been charged with animal abuse for allegedly shooting four horses, while the horses' owners are facing identical charges for allegedly failing to restrain the animals.

On June 26, a Callaway County, Mo. grand jury indicted Daniel J. Iffrig of Williamsburg, Mo., on misdemeanor animal abuse charges for "purposely causing injury" to four mares owned by Patricia Supinski of St. Louis, Mo. On the same day, the grand jury indicted Supinski and her son Robert Supinski, on misdemeanor animal abuse charges for "knowingly failing to provide adequate control of the animals in their custody."

Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert R. Sterner said no one was arrested in connection with the case, but that subpoenas for will be issued for the three. Sterner declined to comment on details of the case, citing Missouri ethics rules which prevent prosecutors from commenting on unresolved cases.

However, according to a June 26 report by the Fulton Sun--which Sterner said was "accurate"--the charges stem from an April 2 incident when Iffrig allegedly shot the four horses that had repeatedly wandered onto his property to eat in his wheat fields.

According to the report, Iffrig admitted to shooting the horses, but said he had repeatedly warned the Supinskis he would do so if they failed to contain the animals. In the report, Iffrig also claimed the horses were improperly cared for.

Patricia Supinski denied that the horses had been mistreated, the report said.

One horse was reported to be dead and one missing. The location of the other two horses was not disclosed.

According to Atty. William Pete Nacy of the Jefferson City, Mo., Law firm Hanrahan Trapp, PC, Missouri revised statute RSMo272.050 provides that property owners may be monetarily compensated for damages caused by uncontrolled animals, but may not harm the animals.

Neither of the Supinskis could be reached for comment. Iffrig did not respond to requests for his attorney's comments on the case.

If convicted the three each face maximum penalties of one year in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.

No court date has been set.

About the Author

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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