Thursday, January 07, 2010

Teen Accused Of Shooting Horse With Arrows

NOTE: While this story did not take place in Milton, we believe it is relevant in posting here due to our significant equestrian community as well as wildlife. On Bethany Road alone, horses have been shot with paint balls, targeted with fireworks, and chased among other things.

Also, baby deer have been tortured in this open road neighborhood as well.

Hopefully in 2010, council and staff will adopt stricter ordinances and penalties regarding animal abuse within our city.

Tim Enloe


FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- Fayette County Sheriff’s Office officials arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with a horse that had been shot with arrows.

Police arrested Jeremy Ryan Richardson, 17, of Fayette County on Thursday.

Authorities said Richardson shot the horse, named Misty, with a compound bow on Bankstown Road in south Fayette County on Sunday.

Misty was standing near a fence on her owner’s farm when a neighbor driving by noticed she had arrows stuck in her.

“It was a terrible act of cruelty,” said Misty's owner, Nancy Padovano. “Somebody surrounded her and just hit her with all the ammo they must’ve had.”

One arrow went straight though the mare’s neck. Another arrow lodged in her spine and a third came to rest in the side of her head.

Richardson was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals. He is being charged as an adult, authorities said.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office investigators also charged Richardson with a number of Georgia game and fish violations, which are not related to the horse shooting.

Richardson was charged with six counts of failure to record deer harvest when he allegedly unlawfully killed deer and failed to report them to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

He was also charged with six counts of unlawful possession of or use of wildlife when he allegedly illegally possessed deer that had not been reported to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, one count of hunting deer at night when he allegedly shot and killed a deer on West Kelly Lake Drive in Fayette County and one count of hunting deer over bait when he allegedly killed a deer on Kelly Lake Drive using the assistance of a deer feeder.

All of the game and fish violations are misdemeanors.

Richardson is currently in the Fayette County Jail awaiting a bond hearing. The case against Richardson is still under investigation, police said.


Anonymous said...

The City of Milton has no authority to adopt ordinances related to felony animal cruitly. Only the state legislature can do this, but they already did this several decades ago.
Georgia has a pretty strict felony animal cruilty law which carries a prison sentence.
The problem lies not with police, who always do a great job solving these crime and making an arrest, but with prosecutors and judges who usually only give probation for these crimes.
If aggrivated assault on a human 1st offense usually gets probation in Fulton County what makes you think the DA will push for prison on a 1st offense animal cruilty charge?
If you want to see these people punished you need to elect a DA that will push for it.
Many young people who abuse animals will surely move to abusing, harming, or even killing people in the future. Many of these people have serious mental problems and/or have career criminal tendencies.

Anonymous said...

One of the council members husband accidentally shot a horse in our city.

Anonymous said...

I remember hearing something about that but they were trying to keep it secret.

Anonymous said...

Just google "Julie Zahner Bailer" and you will find all the info.

Anonymous said...

I looked on line and couldn't find anything about this, please enlighten us.

Anonymous said...

Mr Bailey was arrested in 2003 for shooting Prarie Dogs in the Fulton County parkland near thier home. He was not convicted until 2005.

Anonymous said...

If you want a real story about a councilmember's questionable investments in a predatory lending company that is now in California bankruptcy court, check out the website of the Tennessee Attorney General (search "Britlee"). The California bankruptcy case is also available to read on this site.