New Mexico Horse Shooting Probed

New Mexico livestock authorities are seeking whoever is responsible for shooting and wounding an abandoned mare in a rural area near Roswell last month.

New Mexico Livestock Board Deputy Director Robert Pierce said that on Dec. 16, a pair of teenagers riding 4-wheelers discovered the wounded mare and reported their find to the land owner, who subsequently alerted state livestock authorities. The mare had sustained a gunshot wound to the neck, but otherwise appeared to have been well cared for, he said.

"She's recovering well under veterinary care," Pierce said.

Following her recovery the mare will be sold to new owners, he said.

If caught, those responsible for the shooting could be charged with extreme animal cruelty, a fourth degree felony, Pierce said. If convicted, whoever is responsible could face maximum penalties of up to five years in jail and $5,000 in fines.

While the investigation into the case continues, Animal Protection of New Mexico is offering a $3,500 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the shooting.

Anyone with information about the incident should call 877/548-6263.

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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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