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Horse shot to death in Idaho pasture

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Police in Eagle seek the person who shot a horse in his own pasture on Saturday, Dec. 20. The family horse, named Rocky, was in his fenced field, going about his own horse business and bothering no one.

Rocky’s owners found him lying down in his pasture on Willow Creek Road. They feared he had contracted a bad case of colic but it was even worse. Someone had shot the horse and he was close to death.

A veterinarian was called immediately to render medical assistance to Rocky. Sadly, he determined that the shot entered the horse’s shoulder and caused much bleeding. Rocky had already gone into shock and he could not be saved.

Officials checked out the scene. It became quickly apparent from their investigation that based on the pasture location, the position of the horse and the type of wound he suffered that the shooting was intentional. The pasture is in a rural residential area, making it unlikely for a hunter or recreational target shooter to have shot the horse or hit him completely by accident.

Rocky’s owner used the horse for riding and as a hunting trail horse. The family is greatly distraught over his loss.

Police is requesting help from the public. Anyone with information or tips is urged to call Ada County police at 377-6790.

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