Utah Horse Killed, Then Butchered for Meat

Animal welfare authorities in Utah are seeking those responsible for killing a horse, then apparently butchering it for its meat.

Sgt. Zach Todd of Salt Lake County Animal Services said the 6-year-old registered American Saddlebred gelding was discovered dead in its pasture on Nov. 3. The horse had sustained a single small-caliber gunshot wound to its face and had been mutilated and dismembered.

"He had been butchered the way someone would field dress a deer; all the meat portions of the horse were gone and his legs were removed," Zach said.

Owner Jennifer Corrillo said the horse was residing in a pasture with other horses and some cattle when the incident took place. None of the other animals were injured, she said.

The American Dog Rescue animal welfare organization and an anonymous donor are offering a combined $6,600 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the incident. Anyone with information about the case should call the Salt Lake Unified Police Department at (801) 743-7045, or Salt Lake County Animal Services at (801) 559-1120.

About the Author

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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