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Cattle shooting hearing rescheduled

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Mateusz Perkowski
A psychiatrist facing aggravated animal abuse charges for shooting cattle will appear in court on Jan. 9 for a hearing on his motion to dismiss the case.

A plea hearing for a psychiatrist accused of shooting several cows in eastern Oregon set for Dec. 17 was canceled.

Joel Rice, 56, will instead appear before a judge in Union County, Ore., on Jan. 9 for a hearing on his motion to dismiss several counts of aggravated animal abuse and other charges.

In August, Rice shot seven cows that had wandered onto his property near LaGrande, Ore., and all but one died.

Rice claims the charges should be dropped because he paid the cattle owners $47,500 in compensation.

The prosecutor in the case claims Rice should nonetheless face criminal charges because the cows suffered a painful death.

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