BIZARRE CRIME: Man Accused Of Shooting Horses In Pasture

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Authorities in Eastern Iowa are trying to figure out why someone would shoot 20 rifle rounds at a group of horses out to pasture. 

“I don’t know what goes through people’s heads to do something inappropriate like that, but I can’t recall anyone ever shooting at horses,” Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek said.

Thirty-one-year-old Ryan Grafft is charged with criminal mischief, and livestock abuse, among other offenses. Police say he shot 20 rifle rounds at a group of horses in a pasture near Swisher, killing one animal and injuring two more.

A criminal complaint says Grafft told investigators he doesn’t know why he did it, but he feels it was a stupid thing to do. He is being held in Johnson County on a $17,500 bond.

The injured horses are expected to make a full recovery.

Thanks to our sister station WQAD for this story.