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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