Arrest made in cow, horse shootings

A Molokai man has been arrested in the shooting of three horses and a cow on private property in Kualapuu last year, police said.

Bail was set at $154,000 for Nelson Rapanot Jr., 23, of Kalae.

He was arrested Tuesday after admitting to the shootings, which occurred between Feb. 7 and 8, 2012, at the property along Kalae Highway, said Capt. John Jakubczak, commander of the Molokai Patrol District.

He said one horse and the cow, both pregnant, were shot to death. Another horse, a stallion, had to be put down after a shot in its left leg shattered bone, Jakubczak said. He said a third horse, also pregnant, survived after suffering a bullet wound on the right side of its stomach.

Police arrested Rapanot after developing information that he had done the shootings, Jakubczak said. He said Rapanot reported shooting the animals because he was upset after missing the deer he had been hunting.

The pregnant horse that was killed was valued at $25,000, and the cow was valued at $2,000. The stallion was valued at $40,000.

Rapanot was charged with four counts of first-degree criminal property damage, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, first-degree criminal trespassing, four counts of first-degree cruelty to animals and hunting on private lands.