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PETITION TARGET: Washoe County District Attorney Christopher J. Hicks

An innocent malnourished horse had her throat brutally slashed by her own “guardian” to prevent sheriff’s deputies from seizing her during an attempted rescue, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

Forrest John Smith allegedly fatally stabbed and slashed the starved horse after Animal Control summoned the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office to remove the ailing animal from the property, according to deputies.

Smith had a history of ongoing problems with the authorities, who charged him with willfully maiming, torturing, or killing an animal.

He also faces a felony charge for failing to register as a sex offender — another case that shows the link between violence against animals and violence against humans.

This innocent horse must have justice.

Sign this petition urging Washoe County District Attorney Christopher J. Hicks to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law, including a lifelong ban on having animals.