Updated November 14, 2012
Authorities need your help to find the shooter – who killed a horse over the weekend in California. Using a high-caliber rifle, officials say someone shot Delta Fox, a 17 year-old warmblood gelding, while he was in a Santa Rosa pasture.
The wounded horse fled back to the barn where he collapsed and died. Press Democrat reports that the sheriff’s department and animal control officers conducted an extensive air and ground search for the shooter without success.
“It’s just devastating,” the horse’s owner told the Press Democrat.
The $5,000 reward has been increased to $6250 and is provided by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) for information leading to the arrest of the shooter, the non-profit agency reports.
Under California Penal Code § 597(a) any person convicted of maliciously and intentionally maiming or killing an animal can be imprisoned for up to three years and fined $20,000. In California, it is at the district attorney’s discretion whether animal cruelty is charged as a felony.
“Residents of Santa Rosa have a legitimate cause for concern when criminals are on the loose who could shoot a kind and gentle horse for no reason,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. In story after heartbreaking story, abusers repeat their violent crimes against helpless animals, and often go on to victimize people as well.
If you have information, contact the Animal Legal Defense Fund at 707-795-2533, ext. 1010.