Barre, Vermont – Quinton Clayton, 21, stole a bow and arrow and shot Bunny, a beloved 23-year-old Quarterhorse, in October. Bunny died from the injuries sustained in the senseless act of violence. Clayton was arrested and charged with felony mischief, misdomeanor animal cruelty and misdemeanor count of petit larceny. He plead innocent to all counts. A week before shooting Bunny, Clayton was found face down, unconcious, on railroad tracks with a needle sticking out of his arm. He admitted to using heroin.
Clayton was ordered to live with his sister, and was required to stay with his grandparents whenever his sister was unable to watch him. He was also required to check into an out-patient drug program. After a mere 5 days at Valley Vista, he was kicked out of the program for having a bad attitude. His sister’s landlord began complaining about an extra person living at the residence, and the court allowed him to reside at his grandmother’s house with the stipulation he check into an outpatient drug program and successfully complete it. Clayton has faced no incarceration through the process despite multiple violations of his conditions of release.
Rory Thibault, Chief Deputy State’s Attorney said, “We continue to be concerned with Mr. Clayton’s behavior. Clearly, he needs to abide by his conditions of release — especially seeking and completing treatment as the court directed. We know this continues to be a tough process for Bunny’s human companions, and are working hard on a just outcome for all.”
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