Florida Man Charged in Horse Shootings

A Florida man is facing multiple charges in connection with the shooting deaths of two of his horses.

Escambia County, Fla., Sheriff's Department Spokesman Sgt. Mike Ward said that on May 14, law enforcement personnel responded to a report about free-roaming horses belonging to Richard Wayne Owen. On May 15, code enforcement personnel returned to Owen's property to confirm that the animals were contained.

"When they got there, the horses were gone and the gate was secured," Ward said. "The officers then walked the property and found the two horses that appeared to have been shot in the head,"

Based on further investigation, Owen was subsequently arrested and charged with animal cruelty and carrying a concealed firearm.

Owen is free on bond. He was unavailable for comment.

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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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