Man arrested for carrying out “bizarre and senseless” horse killing
A 28-year-old man has been arrested for carrying out what police have described as a “bizarre and senseless” killing of a horse.
Darrell Mowat, of Niagara Falls, Canada, (pictured) dismembered a horse and left the animal’s head in the rear of an associate’s pickup truck. Police said that the incident was likely to be “a gruesome and ill-conceived prank” rather than a threat.
Mowat was charged with breaking, entering and causing unnecessary suffering to the animal, which was a large, two-year-old Percheron horse named Joe.
Niagara Regional Police were alerted after the horse’s remains were spotted in the truck last Wednesday. Wendall Palmer, Joe’s owner and owner of Canaan Farm, said that he was “shocked” over the incident. Mowat had been working as a volunteer farmhand for Mr Palmer at the time of the incident.
“I was shocked. I worked with him all day Tuesday and there wasn’t even a hint,” he said.
Staff Sgt Michael Woods, said that the horse’s remains were found after an investigation. He described the killing as one of the most “bizarre” incidents that he has ever seen in his 23 years as a police officer.
“It’s definitely an unusual and disturbing incident,” he said.
“From our perspective, it’s a criminal offence. We’re not taking it as a joke.”
Police likened the incident to a scene that occurs in the 1972 film the Godfather, where a horse’s head is severed and placed in a bed. However, Sgt Woods said that there is no evidence to suggest that the incident was a threat or a sign of an organised crime.
“The investigating detectives are still attempting to determine the mind set and motives of the accused,” he said. Mowat’s father, Joel Mowat, has described his son as “troubled” and said that he is concerned for his son’s well-being.
“I’m going to do what I can as a parent and hope everything works out,” he said.
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