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Cause of Shetland’s death is accident says Bottineau State’s Attorney’s Office

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In a story covered by the writer in the Examiner, Authorities seek public help to solve dragging death of pony, the news was about the heinous death of a Shetland pony that purportedly was chased and then tied to a vehicle and dragged to its death. On Dec. 30, the Bottineau County State’s Attorney’s Office concluded that the pony’s death was an accident.

Both the Bottineau County Sheriff's Department and North Dakota Stockmens Association investigated an “intentional dragging death” of a Shetland pony. Now officials have stated that the death was an accident. No charges will be filed against two men and one woman that “hit the pony.”

According to each of the three people in the truck, they did not report the pony’s death because they did not want to get into trouble. In addition, they do not know how the little horse ended up five whole miles from where they claim they hit it. Evidence of tire marks all over the property as well as corresponding hoof prints along the same path remains unexplained.

Owner Dave Boppre initially said the Shetland pony named Bad Boy was chased, struck with a pickup, then tied to the back of the truck and dragged.

Boppre and wife Kathy sought the pony when it did not come home and found it lying in a ditch with hide missing on head and both sides. In fact, on one side of the little animal, his entire hide and meat was gone down to the bones – without evidence of teeth or claw marks, only road marks.

Perhaps of great interest for readers is this article: Horse death ruled an accident... . [The Minot Daily article may only be read and cannot be published or rewritten, broadcast or redistributed.] But please read for an account of what occurred and as told by the owners.

This story is not a fairytale. Instead, it seems more of a nightmare with a dubious ending.

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