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Juvenile brothers charged with animal cruelty of neighbor's horses

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Three juveniles are accused of shooting two horses in this pasture in McCalla. Source: Melanie Posey/WBRC Three juveniles are accused of shooting two horses in this pasture in McCalla. Source: Melanie Posey/WBRC
The 16-year-old boy says he was doing target practice on this tree stump when his arrow accidentally hit one of the horses. Source: Melanie Posey/WBRC The 16-year-old boy says he was doing target practice on this tree stump when his arrow accidentally hit one of the horses. Source: Melanie Posey/WBRC
MCCALLA, AL (WBRC) -

Three brothers from McCalla are facing charges in an animal cruelty case involving two horses, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says.

A 16-year-old male and his twin 11-year-old brothers are accused of shooting two horses with BB or pellet guns and another horse with an arrow.

The case dates back to Sept. 10 when deputies responded to an animal cruelty complaint at a home on Bluff Ridge Road. A woman told deputies that neighborhood kids shot her horses with BB guns, injuring one horse in the shoulder.

Deputies went back to the same home the next day after the woman reported one of her horses had also been shot with an arrow. The horses' owner found an arrow in the pasture after realizing her animal was hurt. The horse is expected to make a full recovery from the wound.

Authorities went to the home where the neighborhood boys live and spoke with their dad. The dad confirmed that one of his sons had a bow and had shot it the day the horse was struck.

Officials compared the arrow found in the pasture and said it was similar to the ones owned by the 16-year-old son.

The Sheriff's Animal Cruelty Investigator questioned the teen, who admitted to shooting the horse with the arrow, but said it wasn't intentional. He claimed the arrow ricocheted and hit the horse.

However the veterinarian who examined the horse said the injury was not consistent with a ricochet, but rather appeared to be a straight shot, according to Chief Deputy Randy Christian.

The sheriff's office says investigators determined the 16-year-old shot the horse with the bow and arrow and the 11-year-old shot the horse with a BB gun during the same time.

"That's disturbing on many fronts, to think that young people would have the heart to do something like that to a horse is hard to believe, hard to swallow. But the flip side to that is they're young enough...hopefully this will get their attention and through counseling they can get back on the right track," Christian said.

Investigators obtained juvenile petitions for the three brothers who will each face a class "C" felony charge. The Bessemer Division of Family Court will handle the case.

On Thursday, FOX6 News reporter Melanie Posey spoke with the boys' father. He said that he was not aware of any of the warrants against his sons, and said that only his 16-year-old son was involved, not the 11-year-old boys.

The boys' father said his teenage son did not shoot the horse on purpose and didn't know the horse was there while he was doing target practice on a tree stump in their yard.

The father said the arrow hit off of the tree stump and went into the field where the horse was located.

The 16-year-old told FOX6 News if he had been targeting the horse, it would have injured the horse more than it was, given the strength of his bow and arrow.

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