About a week ago the reward to the perpetrator was increased and on October 30 North Dakota law enforcement authorities renewed their request for the public’s assistance in the apprehension and arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for the dragging death of a Shetland pony per HORSE.com. The incident occurred in September.
Steven Watson, Bottineau County Sheriff, is still investigating the case. He says that sheriff’s department received and responded to a call on September 24 from the owner of a pony reporting it missing from his property.
The pony was later found by deputies along a nearby road. It was dead.
The Shetland pony had been ruthlessly chased, probably to the point of exhaustion. It was then tied to a truck and dragged until it died.
Whoever did this then put the horse in the truck and dumped it in a ditch alongside the road. Whoever is responsible for the horse's death will be charged with felony animal cruelty.
According to Watson, the North Dakota Stockman's Association posted a reward in the amount of $10,000 for the arrest and conviction of the responsible party that caused the pony’s death. In addition, the Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who committed this crime.
Watson also said,
Right now we have no leads, even though we have had a couple of calls about the case since the reward was posted. Believe me, I'd like to catch whoever did this.
If anyone is able to offer assistance in this disturbing case of animal cruelty, please call Watson at 701-228-2740.
Watson wants the public to know that all calls are kept strictly confidential.
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