Man who shot horse: 5 days for violating probation

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BEND, Ore. (AP) -- A Banks, Ore., man who shot a horse in the head and abandoned it to die has been ordered for spend five additional days in jail for violating his probation.

The Bulletin of Bend says (http://bit.ly/rrNOn2 ) prosecutors argued Monday that 30-year-old Russell Willeford violated probation by deploying overseas with the Oregon National Guard, failing to get a court-ordered mental health evaluation and keeping a pet.

He was convicted in 2009 of animal abuse and criminal mischief for shooting the horse in the head with a 9 mm pistol and leaving it in the Deschutes National Forest. The horse belonged to a camp whose directors told Willeford to find it a new home. Hunters later found the horse, which had a leg injury and a left eye hanging out of its socket. The horse survived.

Willeford was sentenced to five years' probation and three months in jail and ordered to pay a veterinary clinic more than $9,000 for the care it provided.

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