Rewards Offered in California Horse Shooting

Two California groups hope the offer of cash rewards will help lead law enforcement authorities in that state to whoever is responsible for fatally shooting a horse while it grazed in its pasture earlier this week.

Sonoma County Sheriff's Department Watch Commander Lt. Glenn Lawrence said that on Nov. 4, a horse was grazing in its pasture in Santa Rosa, Calif., near the Annadel State Park, when it sustained a wound from a high-powered rifle. The wounded horse returned to its home stable, collapsed, and died at the scene, he said.

Lawrence said that later on the same day law enforcement personnel returned to the shooting scene in response to reports of gunfire. A ground and air search yielded not results, he said.

The probe into the incident is ongoing, Lawrence said.

In the meantime, Megan Backus, spokesperson for the Animal Legal Defense Fund said that organization is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the shooting.

David Stecher, treasurer of the Coastal California Friesian Club said that organization is offering a $250 reward to be coordinated with the Animal Legal Defense Fund offer.

If caught whoever is responsible for the shooting could face charges of maliciously and intentionally maiming or killing an animal. The charge carries penalties of up to 3 years in prison and fines up to $20,000.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call 707/795-2533, ext. 1010.

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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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