AG King offers assistance in Roswell horse shooting incident

Posted at: 03/22/2013 4:00 PM
Updated at: 03/22/2013 4:03 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski, KOB.com

Photo: Attorney General Gary King
Photo: Attorney General Gary King

Attorney General Gary King has offered his assistance to the local district attorney regarding the prosecution of a man seen in a video shooting a horse in the head.

In the video, which KOB Eyewitness News 4 reported on Thursday, Tim Sappington, brings a horse out of its pen, swears at animal activists, then kills the horse with a single gunshot.

In a statement sent out Friday to the media, the Attorney General’s office decried the video. “The needless killing of a horse is abhorrent behavior and the AG is saddened that such a repulsive depiction would be used to make a personal statement. AG King comes from a ranching family and is unaware of anyone he grew up with that would think this was appropriate behavior,” the statement reads in part.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, the New Mexico Livestock Board has also announced they will be investigating the video. the statement reads, “The New Mexico Livestock Board takes allegations of animal cruelty very seriously.  After becoming aware of the video yesterday, NMLB immediately began to investigate and sought a warrant to search the premises where the shooting is alleged to have occurred.  NMLB and the Chavez County Sherriff’s Office executed the warrant as soon as it was granted.  The NMLB is treating this case as it does any other and will not be releasing further details until the investigation is complete.”