In Defense of Animals, an international animal protection organization, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who shot a horse in the face at the Hope Sanctuary in Carrroll County, Miss.
The rescued horse, that had once been starved and chained to a tractor tire with a chain embedded into his neck, was shot in the face over the July 4th weekend. When found, the horse named Everette was bleeding from his nose on the right side of his face.
Dr. Tom Abernethy, of Veterinary Associates of Grenada, determined the horse had been shot from the road with a .22 caliber rifle. The bullet was not able to be removed, and although the horse is expected to survive, future health complications can be expected.
Doll Stanley, the director of Hope Sanctuary, is in disbelief and horrified how anyone could arbitrarily shoot an innocent animal.
“Its stomach-wrenching to think that someone found a sense of pleasure or satisfaction in this despicable act that shattered Everette’s safe haven and caused him such pain," stated Stanley.
The horse had been rescued in 2006 after having been starved and beaten so severely, he was blinded in his left eye.
"Everette was rescued years ago from horrible abuse, and it breaks my heart that someone would do something so callous and cruel to such a sweet trusting animal," continue Stanley.
Hope Animal Sanctuary is located in rural Mississippi. With the support of In Defense of Animals, the organization has been helping abused and neglected animals all over the Deep South since 1993.
Anyone with information is urged to contact HAS at (662) 809-4483 or (415) 448-0078. All calls will be strictly confidential.
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