A miniature horse dagger in trouble from a dog

Ozanne's behavior had continued to improve while behind bars, panel coordinator Kathryn Snook told the hearing.

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Ozanne’s behavior had continued to improve while behind bars, panel coordinator Kathryn Snook told the hearing.

Disclaimer: The article shows graphic photos of injuries to a horse

A man who once stabbed a miniature horse dozens of times is in trouble again.

Reginald Ozanne was jailed for two and a half years in 2020 after pleading guilty to willfully abusing an animal.

That animal was Star, a miniature horse who was stabbed 41 times while tied to a fence at a paddock in Waitaiti, north of Dunedin, in February 2019.

One of the stab wounds penetrated Star’s abdominal wall and “nicked” his intestine, which ultimately killed him.

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Ozanne initially denied the offence, saying Thing: “We love this little pony”.

“I want the person caught so I can say, ‘look, that wasn’t me’.”

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Mandy Mayhem-Bullock talks about her miniature horse Star, who was stabbed to death.

As part of his sentencing, Judge Michael Crosbie also banned Ozanne from owning a pet for 10 years.

But Thing can reveal that Corrections filed a charge against Ozanne, who was released from prison last year, on Thursday.

This charge related to Ozanne who had violated a special condition of his parole – not to have physical contact with an animal, except with the prior written approval of a probation officer and under the direct supervision of an approved and informed adult. .

Star, a miniature horse, has been stabbed dozens of times.

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Star, a miniature horse, has been stabbed dozens of times.

But Thing understands that Ozanne was caught in the company of a dog earlier this week.

Southern Corrections Region Director of Operations Chris O’Brien-Smith said: ‘Our top priority is the safety of our communities.

“We actively manage all offenders’ compliance with the conditions imposed on them by the courts and the New Zealand Parole Board, and hold them accountable if they breach.”

Star, a miniature horse, has been stabbed dozens of times.

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Star, a miniature horse, has been stabbed dozens of times.

Potential penalties may include action for violations, increased reporting to community corrections, or formal prosecution that could result in jail time.

O’Brien-Smith declined to comment on further information as the matter is now before the courts.

A sanctuary for Star the miniature horse.

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A sanctuary for Star the miniature horse.

At the time of the judgement, Star owner Mandy Mayhem-Bullock detailed the impact of the ‘ugly and dark act’ on her and the wider Waitati community, 20km north of Dunedin.

Residents who thought Waitati was a “safe haven” had tightened security, and some had even moved away since the incident.

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