Iowa Horse Shooter Sought

Iowa law enforcement authorities hope a $1,000 cash reward will help identify whoever shot a 14-month-old Johnson County horse.

Detective Sergeant Doug Gwinn, of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, said the horse's owner noticed that the animal was injured on July 17. A subsequent veterinary examination revealed that the horse had been shot in the right front knee, he said. The injuries were so severe that the veterinarian later euthanized the horse, Gwinn said.

“The horse's knee cap was shattered,” he said.

Gwinn said no shell casings were recovered at the scene, but that sheriff's department personnel obtained bullet fragments from the veterinarian. Gwinn believes that someone leaving a nearby gun range is responsible for the shooting.

“There is a public gun range just to the east of where the horse had been pastured,” Gwinn said. “It's my theory that someone leaving the gun range shot the horse.”

The Johnson County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident, Gwinn said.

Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting. Anyone with information about the shooting should call Crimestsoppers at 319/358-TIPS (8477).

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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