Richardson indicted for shooting arrows into Brooks horse

Fayette County Justice Center in Fayetteville, Ga. where grand jury indicted suspect. Photo/Staff.

The Fayette County Grand Jury has returned a true bill of indictment against 17-year-old Jeremy Ryan Richardson in the arrow attack on a horse at a Bankstown Road farm in Brooks in early January.

The indictment carries five charges. Those include aggravated cruelty to animals — a felony — and misdemeanor charges of hunting deer at night, disturbing wildlife habitat, failure to record a deer harvest and unlawful possession or use of wildlife, according to court documents.

Richardson — who lives near Brooks in southern Fayette County — is expected to be arraigned in April, with a possible trial date toward the end of the year.

Specific to the shooting of the 8-year-old mare Misty on the farm owned by Ralph and Nancy Padovano, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office previously noted that Richardson, who used a compound bow, knowingly and maliciously caused physical harm to an animal (horse) by seriously disfiguring the animal ... by shooting multiple arrows into the horse striking her in the body and the face.

The horse suffered four arrow wounds in the attack that was discovered Jan. 3 at 9:30 a.m. by a neighbor, 17-year-old Rachel Byrd.

The horse was impaled by an arrow that was found in her neck, another that was lodged in her spine and required four hours to be removed by veterinarian Jason McLendon. The horse was also shot in the face and the left shoulder.

The indictment was based on charges originating with an investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the Ga. Dept. of Agriculture and the Ga. Dept. of Natural Resources.

spideymann
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Animal Abuse and Community Service w/ a vet?

No one in their right mind would let someone who is has been convicted of felony animal abuse ever work w/ animals (I hope).

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Felony

That can get him some serious jail time. I hope he also has to pay restitution to the family - and work with a vet for community service.

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Pow Wow

This poor guy should have kept shooting squirrels in the neighborhood to foster his "vocational skills". He'll make a great employee at the slaughter house, suggest he pursues a butcher career.

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To Dragnet: butcher career

I don';t remember you here for some time.

Also, people who don't protect all of the people, especially children from their vicious fighting dogs, are just about as senseless as was this dude who shot a horse---several times.
Some animals he could shoot I suppose (rabbits, squirrels, fighting dogs loose, deer, moose, reindeer, elk, snakes, fish, hogs, and others, but a horse has a special place due to how he was enslaved by us for 200 years to work hard. He also can run well in Kentucky.
Just can't go around shooting horses because they all belong to someone.

I once knew a kid when I was a kid who loved to shoot beautiful birds with his gravel shooter!

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I hope they throw the book at the kid!

That was such a nasty thing. I suprised that the poor horse hasn't had to be put down yet. Good for poor Misty.