Niagara man who dismembered horse gets probation



NIAGARA FALLS, ON -- A Niagara Falls man who dismembered a horse and left the animal's head in the back of a pick up truck of an acquaintance has been placed on probation for three years.

Darrell Mowat, 28, pleaded guilty last month in an Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines to charges of mischief over $5,000 and killing, injuring or endangering cattle.

Under the Criminal Code, "killing cattle" also refers to killing horses.

A third charge of willfully causing pain and suffering to an animal was withdrawn.

Mowat was arrested March 21 after Niagara Regional Police were called to a home on Valley Way and discovered the horse's head in the back of a truck.

The animal's body was found the following day at a hobby farm in rural Niagara Falls.

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