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New charges for Reno man who allegedly slit horse’s throat

Smith has been arrested for allegedly slitting the throat of a malnourished horse.
Smith has been arrested for allegedly slitting the throat of a malnourished horse.(KOLO)
Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 8:56 AM PDT|Updated: Apr. 6, 2021 at 12:24 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Reno man charged with killing a horse on his property, faces new charges after authorities discovered he is a Tier 3 sex offender who failed to register.

Forrest John Smith, 54, was booked with one felony charge of being a sex offender who failed annual verification. Smith was previously convicted in Salinas County, California of assault with intent to commit mayhem/rape.

He is also charged with willfully maiming, torturing or killing an animal following an incident on April 1.

Animal Control asked for assistance from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office as they tried to seize a malnourished horse from a home near the Bonanza Casino.

Smith confronted deputies and according to the sheriff’s office, he then slit the horse’s throat and stabbed it to prevent Animal Control from taking it.

Smith was taken into custody. Animal Control says it has had ongoing problems with Smith.

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