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Deputies arrest man for torturing, killing horse

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man Monday after they found an abused, dead horse at his residence in North Spokane County.

Deputies responded to a report Monday around 10 a.m. that 45-year-old Clinton P. Burrill had threatened to kill one of his horses if his ex-girlfriend didn't get back together with him. Deputies went to the man's residence in the 9500 block of E. Woolard Rd. 

Burrill's ex-girlfriend said she had recently ended the relationship because Burrill had become violent and increasingly mentally unstable. She said Burrill called her the night before and threatened to kill her favorite horse if she didn't get back together with him.

Arriving deputies checked for Burrill in the garage and barn, where they found a horse laying on its side on a hill outside the pen. The rails of the pen were broken and the horse appeared to be dead.

Deputies were unable to find Burrill, and applied for a search warrant. Meanwhile, Burill arrived at the residence in a pickup truck. Burrill ran away from deputies, and tried to climb a fence. He reached into his waistband, possibly to reach for a weapon. Deputies pulled out their firearms and Burrill finally complied with their orders and was placed under arrest. 

After deputies obtained a search warrant, they returned to the property to check on the horse and other animals. They noticed that one of the horse's front ankles was tied to the fence with a short rope, and another rope had been cinched around its neck. The horse's tail had also been chopped off at the base, and there was a large amount of blood in the area, which appeared to have been exhaled from the horse's nose and mouth.

Burrill was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Animal Cruelty 1st Degree.

On Tuesday, the victim told deputies that she found a bag on her front porch Monday, which she hadn't opened because she believed it was from Burrill. When she finally did open the bag Tuesday, she found a handkerchief tied around a lock of horse tail hairs with the tag "77" on it. 

Burrill was then charged with misdemeanor Harassment. 

 

 

Arriving deputies checked for Burrill in the garage and barn, where they found a horse laying on its side on a hill outside the pen. The rails of the pen were broken and the horse appeared to be dead. 

Deputies were unable to find Burrill, and applied for a search warrant. Meanwhile, Burill arrived at the residence in a pickup truck. Burrill ran away from deputies, and tried to climb a fence. He reached into his waistband, possibly to reach for a weapon. Deputies pulled out their firearms and Burrill finally complied with their orders and was placed under arrest. 

After deputies obtained a search warrant, they returned to the property to check on the horse and other animals. They noticed that one of the horse's front ankles was tied to the fence with a short rope, and another rope had been cinched around its neck. The horse's tail had also been chopped off at the base, and there was a large amount of blood in the area, which appeared to have been exhaled from the horse's nose and mouth.

Burrill was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Animal Cruelty 1st Degree.

On Tuesday, the victim told deputies that she found a bag on her front porch Monday, which she hadn't opened because she believed it was from Burrill. When she finally did open the bag Tuesday, she found a handkerchief tied around a lock of horse tail hairs with the tag "77" on it. 

Burrill was then charged with misdemeanor Harassment. 


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