Man accused of decapitating horse

August 13, 2009 12:10:47 PM PDT
A California man accused of decapitating his horse with a chain saw has been ordered to stand trial on animal cruelty charges. A Riverside Superior Court judge said Wednesday there was enough evidence to try 64-year-old Jack Ziniuk.

Prosecutors say Ziniuk hit his horse in the head with a sledgehammer and decapitated it in the remote mountain community of Anza.

Ziniuk has pleaded not guilty. He said he loved the horse named Grizzle and that the animal was already dead.

A vet pathologist determined the horse was still alive when it was decapitated.

Ziniuk could face up to three years and eight months in prison if convicted.


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