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New York State Man Shoots 6 Horses Over Dispute with Neighbor

Posted on the 02 May 2012 by Mikeb302000
New Jersey Herald reports
State police say a 75-year-old upstate New York man has been charged with fatally shooting 6 of his neighbor's horses after they wandered onto his property.
Troopers say Lauren McMaster likely shot the horses Saturday after they wandered onto his land in the rural Chenango County town of New Berlin, 50 miles southeast of Syracuse.
Police say they arrested McMaster Sunday and charged him with criminal mischief and cruelty to animals.
Troopers say McMaster used a 12-gauge shotgun to kill the horses. Police say he and the horse's owner had a long-standing dispute over the neighbor's horses and cows wandering onto McMaster's property.
McMaster is being held in the Chenango County Jail on $500 cash bail. It couldn't immediately be determined if he had a lawyer.
Does anyone else think it's a slap on the wrist to charge the guy like that?
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