2011-11-30 / State News

Hunter shoots horse; charged with animal cruelty

AIKEN (AP) – Authorities say they have charged an Aiken County hunter with animal cruelty after he shot at what he said was a buck and killed a horse instead.

Investigators told the Aiken Standard that the 7- year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding had to be euthanized after it was wounded around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Deputies say they were able to find a hunter in a nearby tree stand who said he was shooting at a buck when the bullet hit the horse.

Authorities say Samuel Stewart is charged with animal cruelty. He didn't return a message.

Ballistics tests are being conducted to see if Stewart's gun matches the bullet that killed the horse. Deputies say their investigation is continuing.

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