DA Declines To Prosecute Horse Shooter: Videoed Himself Shooting Horse To Annoy Animal Activist

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In an April 12 letter to the New Mexico Livestock Board, the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which covers Chaves, Eddy and Lea Counties, said it won’t seek charges against Tim Sappington – the man who created uproar after filming himself shooting a horse last month.

District Attorney Janetta Hicks explains that’s because “Mr. Sappington’s conduct was not a violation of New Mexico law.”

She writes that Sappington killed the horse for his own consumption, which is a commonly accepted agricultural and animal husbandry practice; it’s also excluded from the state’s extreme animal cruelty statute. The state also reviewed federal laws, and determined that Sappington also acted in accordance with those slaughtering standards.

“The was verified through the interview with Mr. Sappington, video clips of Mr. Sappington actually processing and storing the horse after shooting it, and recovery of horse meat packaged for human consumption,” Hicks writes.

Even so, Hicks, in her letter, also pointed out the video clip featuring Sappington’s incendiary comments and the abrupt manner in which he killed the horse “demonstrated infectivity as well a poor judgment.”

The shooting incident came after Sappington, an employee of Valley Meat Company outside of Roswell, said he and his family was fed up with the threats they had received from animal activists because the company was seeking United States Department of Agriculture approval for a domestic horse slaughtering plant.

Link to:Horse Shooting Letter

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Horse-killing Video Draws Wide Reaction: Sappington Dismissed

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A video of a Roswell slaughterhouse employee fatally shooting a horse after swearing at “animal activists” has sparked outrage across the country.

Officials with the state Livestock Board also are investigating to see if the video depicts animal cruelty, according to the Albuquerque Journal. The board executed a search warrant Thursday at the Dexter home of Tim Sappington, who had worked in maintenance for the Roswell area Valley Meat Co., the Journal reported.

Tim Sappington

Sappington, who is shown in the video, was quoted about how he enjoyed eating horse meat in a report by Bloomberg News. Members of animal support groups began contacting media outlets about the year-old video Thursday after the Bloomberg report was circulated.

Albuquerque Business First received several calls and emails after it posted a link to the Bloomberg report on its website.

Valley Meat Co. is seeking USDA inspections so it can begin slaughtering horses to export the meat to Mexico and overseas markets. It issued a statement confirming that the man in the video is Sappington. It also said Sappington has been dismissed.

The company’s Albuquerque lawyer, A. Blair Dunn, said Valley Meat fired Sappington after becoming aware of the video, which has now become the focus of a public relations campaign by the Horse Plus Humane Society, according to the Journal.

We agree that his (Sappington’s) comments were regrettably crass, not contributing anything to this dialogue so we do not condone his statements,” according to the Valley Meat statement, “but he was within his lawful rights to slaughter and butcher a horse and he was not acting as an employee of the company in that action.”

Dunn told the Journal that since Valley Meat began trying to become the first company in the U.S. since 2006 to slaughter horses for the consumer market, the company’s owners and staff have received death threats and bomb threats. The slaughterhouse has also been burglarized and vandalized, Dunn told the Journal

News Link:-http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/blog/morning-edition/2013/03/horse-killing-video-draws-wide-reaction.html

Pro-Horse Slaughter: A Man Actually Kills His Horse To Send Message To Activists Then Puts It On YouTube

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“WTF…the video is at the bottom of this post. I can’t & refuse to believe that he can get away with shooting a horse dead; just to make his fxxxxxg point!! If ever I saw a cowardly piece of shit…there one stands. Just who the fxxk does he think he is? above the law obviously…talk about a fxxxxxg turd; his shit isn’t good enough to be on my boots!”

“You can bet you bottom dollar, that if that scenario was a guy that worked in a 

Tim Sappington Kills Horse

kennel, who took a dog out, shot & filmed it to use for or against something…he would be in jail faster than a horse kicks! The video posted on YouTube, is Tim Sappington, who is employed by the Valley Meat Company in Roswell, New Mexico!

“If he thinks he can shoot a horse in cold blood & get away with it, he is very wrong. I’m not the least bit surprised he has had to beef up his security, & is getting hate & death calls…I hope they carry on for long time yet! What he did was just sadistic & very wrong…if I was him I would be keeping a very low profile, because there are a lot of people who take great offence at people who purposefully hurt an animal then video it. That is one cold hearted MF who doesn’t give a crap about horses or any animals!!”

“We’re horrified by the video, and we are glad to hear that there’s an investigation going on,” said Keith Dane, director of equine protection for the Humane Society of the U.S. in Washington. “It appears this was made for publicity’s sake and to taunt animal lovers.”

A video posted on YouTube has sparked outrage among animal activists and left death threats against a Roswell meat company.

In the video, an employee at the Valley Meat Company out of Roswell, NM – which is working with the USDA to get a horse slaughter plant in the area – brings a horse out of its pen, swears at activists and then kills the horse with a single gunshot.

“To all you animal activists, f**k you,” Tim Sappington, a maintenance contractor with Valley Meat Company, said in the video.

He then shoots the horse point blank in the head. The horse falls to the ground and dies.

Sappington has received several death threats for the video. People who operate the plant, who contend they had nothing to do with the video, are also receiving threats.

Now, the FBI is involved.

“You know what people should be slaughtering? You f***ing s***cs, should never have been allowed in this country,” one caller said.

Rick De Los Santos, a part-owner of Valley Meat Company in Roswell, has been slammed with hate calls and death threats since a video hit the Web.

“I didn’t have anything to do with that video, that’s the honest truth, but like I said, people will make assumptions,” De Los Santos said.

De Los Santos said Sappington shot the video on his own time and at his own home. The De Los Santos’ say people have also stolen “no trespassing” signs off their property.

They’ve hired a private security firm and installed new surveillance cameras. The family says they support Sappington’s right to kill and eat horses, but not the video.

“He shot a horse, that’s what he eats, it’s not against the law to slaughter your own horse,” De Los Santos said. “Now, putting it on YouTube, I would not have done that.

They just wish the calls would stop. “I hope you — die and your whole — family, you —in —hole,” another threat said. “This isn’t the last time you’ll hear from me —head.”

News Link:http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2971822.shtml?cat=500

You have read what this guy does, but it is still not nice to see, so viewer discretion is advised

Tim Sappington Murders Horse On Camera with Message ‘Fuck You‘ ARA’s

Published on 21 Mar 2013

A shocking video of Tim Sappington shooting a horse to make a point against all animal activists who might get in his way.

He stated “All you animal activists, f$#% you” and then shot the horse at point blank range.

Timothy C Sappington, Roswell, NM, 3673 Spring River Rd, 88201

This should be considered a hate crime against all of us who have spoken out against the Roswell NM horse slaughter house. The owner of the slaughter house intends to hire 40-100 people, and Tim is the first employee of Valley Meat Co.

What do you expect from, TIM SAPPINGTON; a narcissist, self righteous, bully coward and animal murderer who makes his living from the suffering of horses?

He does this everyday; it is nothing to this piece of shit. He is as cold as they come. Obviously ARA’s are getting under his skin. Good!! Im am soooo sorry this horse had to be the pawn in the ugly. That horse would have died at his hands anyway, on camera or not.

This subhuman is a psychopath. He has no remorse for what he does. Karma is coming his way…. I feel it. He will pay…. some how, some way…..some day. I hope I am alive to witness it.

To see the edited, (no violence or foul language) visit this linkhttp://tinyurl.com/cylvdxpBelow you will find a list of phone numbers to call in Chavez County where the slaughter house is planning on opening. Send the link to these people, remember be polite with whom ever you speak to!Chaves County Manager – Stanton L. Riggs, Esq. – Phone: 575-624-6602 – Email: sriggs@co.chaves.nm.us
Janetta B. Hicks, District Attorney – Phone: (575)622-4121 – Email: 5thDA@da.state.nm.usNew Mexico Livestock Board: (575) 623-3031
Sheriff – Non-Emergency 575-624-7590 – Administration 575-624-6500
New Mexico Attorney General’s office: (505) 827-6000 – psisneros@nmag.gov
Food Safety Inspection Service at 202-720-9113.The Office of Governor Susana Martinez – Phone (505) 476-2200 or web contact: http://tinyurl.com/4olx7lv
The Humane Society of the United States – Phone: 202-452-1100 – email:http://www.humanesociety.org/forms/contact_us/contact_equine_protection.html
PETA 757-622-7382, option 2 email: http://www.peta.org/about/contact-peta/email-form.aspx
Contacting the news may generate interest in this story, yesterday Fox News put out a poll on horse slaughter, so they may be very interested in the story:FoxNews Hotline – Phone: 888-369-4762 – Email: foxnewstips@foxnews.com.Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative and two U.S. Senators to urge co-sponsorship of H.R. 1094 S. 541, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act that ends the cruel slaughter of America’s horses as well as their export for slaughter abroad.

You can find your representative at this link:

You can say something like: “I would like you to please co-sponsor and support H.R. 1094/S. 541, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act to protect our nation’s horses and keep the food supply safe for consumers.”

The slaughter of horses for meat is not only unnecessary but it is also harmful in many ways. 
Sign the petitionhttp://tinyurl.com/bcp7unr
I was hoping to find more petitions but as yet none, I would do one if I had the time to sit at PC, do my usual work & write a petition…hopefully won’t be long before there are some then people can tell  the world how disgusted they are with this pig of an inhumane dick!

Dog killed by pit bull at soccer game

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Small dog killed while little girl held onto leash

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – There has been another deadly pit bull attack, and this time it was at a child’s soccer game in Roswell. The victim was a little pomeranian, while it’s 9-year-old owner held onto it’s leash. 

The attack happened in front of a lot of children, while one little girl was holding onto her family dog. Monday afternoon, the dog that killed the pomeranian was given back to it’s family.

Kids and families flooded the soccer fields Saturday at Roswell’s Cielo Grande Park. In a moment, the park turned to chaos.

“All the children on the field were screaming, parents, spectators, everybody in between, it was just a big scene,” recalled Lisa Pickard.

Pickard was walking with her family along the field after her 6-year-old son’s soccer game. Her 9-year-old daughter had the family’s pomeranian, Princess, in tow when the tiny dog was torn from her grip by a pit bull as the family passed.

“I had to jump out in front of the stroller and grab the leash from her hand to try to pull to get our dog away from that dog,” said Pickard.

But it was too late, Princess was dead.

“Extremely horrifying just to see her, it happened right in front of me…it was just very gruesome,” said Kristina Sanders, who witnessed the incident.

Princess has been a part of the family for nearly two years since she was a puppy. Pickard said they’ve taken Princess to parades, and soccer games, and have never seen a dog act aggressively toward her.

A picture of the pomeranian in her lawn chair at the soccer game was snapped just minutes before the attack.

Pickard said the pit bull that attacked Princess was on a leash, but no one was holding the leash at the time. She said her daughter is taking it the hardest.

“She was screaming, ‘I’m not coming back to these soccer fields again, I’m not going to my game,'” said Pickard of her nine-year-old daughter.

Monday afternoon, a judge decided to release the pit bull back to it’s owner. Animal Control said the judge’s decision is final. The owner was given citations for running at large, and vicious animal.

KRQE News 13 tried to talk to the pit bull’s owner, but he declined.

Meanwhile, the Pickards returned to the park to search for Princess’ dog tag. Pickard said they’re trying to remind their children of the good times with Princess.

“My children are permanently scarred,” said Pickard. “Not only did the spectators have to witness what happened, but they had a love and affection, and this was their dog, and they had to witness the death of their animal.”

While they grieve the loss of a dog they considered a family member, Pickard said she’s thankful her kids were not attacked. However, she said, she fears this dog may attack again if given the opportunity.

“It’s done it once, what makes it not want to do it again?” said Pickard. “And hopefully next time it wouldn’t be a human or a child.”

When Pickard found out Monday afternoon that the pit bull was back with it’s family, she said she was shocked. She also said she will fight in court to have it euthanized.

Pickard said she and her family would like to see harsher punishments imposed on animal owners in cases like this.

This is the fourth pit bull attack in the state this month that resulted in either death or serious injury. A Santa Fe man and Las Cruces toddler were killed by their family pit bulls, and a Hobbs boy survived an attack by a neighborhood dog.

The animals in all three of those cases were euthanized.

News Link:-http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/dog-killed-by-pit-bull-at-soccer-game

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