Oregon Authorities Investigate Horse Shooting

Law enforcement authorities in Marion County, Ore., are seeking whoever is responsible for fatally shooting a 23-year-old Arabian mare while she grazed in her pasture near Silverton earlier this week.

Marion County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Don Thomson said department personnel discovered the animal on May 2 after area residents reported hearing a single rifle shot.

Marion County Deputy Chris Helbling said the mare had sustained a single rifle shot wound to her left shoulder. The horse died at the scene, he said.

Investigators believe the shooting was deliberate, Thomson said.

If caught, those responsible could face Class C felony aggravated animal abuse charges. The charges carry penalties of a jail sentence and fines up to $10,000.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Marion County Sheriff's Department at 503/588-5032. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call the Department's Crime Tip Line at 503/540-8079.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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