Suspect Faces Negligent Firearm Use after Killing Pet Goat

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Santa Fe are searching for the suspect or suspects in a drive-by shooting that killed a pet goat.

Santa Fe Police Chief Aric Wheeler says his agency is extremely concerned because the shooting happened in a central city neighborhood. Besides animal cruelty charges, Wheeler tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that the suspect could face felony charges of shooting at an occupied building and negligent firearm use.

The shooting happened Sunday evening and killed Maria, a Nigerian dwarf goat who lived with two other goats and several other animals at the home. The two women who owned Maria didn’t want to be identified but one told the newspaper that neighbors regularly stop by to see her animals. She said the animals have brought the neighborhood together. Handgun.

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