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HUNTER, 19, BOOKED IN ANIMAL SHOOTINGS

Goat was killed; horse is recovering

Monday January 19, 2004

From staff reports

A 19-year-old LaPlace man has been arrested in connection with the shooting Monday of a goat and a horse at the Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center in LaPlace.

Roy Hebert was booked with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, Capt. Mike Tregre of the St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office said Saturday.

Hebert was arrested Friday night after the riding center received anonymous information and turned it over to the Sheriff's Office.

Tregre said Hebert told investigators he and a friend were hunting squirrels, and they weren't having much luck. Tregre said Hebert said he shot the animals because he became bored.

Hebert was released on bond.

Showtime, an 18-year-old thoroughbred, is recovering. The goat, named Mardi Gras, was killed.

Tregre said a .22-caliber rifle was used in the shooting. Hebert's friend was not arrested.

About 32 children use the center each week for learning experiences with the animals, which they ride and pet, an official at the riding center said.


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