On October 22, 2013, the Humane Society of the United States posted a reward notice for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for shooting six wild horses. The amount of the reward is $5,000. The six wild horses were shot in the Ochoco National Forest earlier this month.
This amount is an increase to the already-posted $2,000 offered by the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition bringing the total reward to $7,000.
A previous reward of $4,000 posted in spring of 2011 is for the same area. The shooting in 2011 involved another six wild horses that were shot to death in the spring of that year. This reward remains unclaimed and the case is unsolved.
In the current case, three dead horse carcasses were discovered by Hunters on October 13. Each of the three horses had been shot to death. A fourth young horse, still alive but severely wounded, had also been shot. That horse was injured so severely, it was euthanized.
On October 18, three additional horse carcasses were discovered by Forest Service investigators who were scouring the area for clues and possible other carcasses. These three horses had also been shot and killed.
Senior Oregon state director for the Humane Society of the United States Scott Beckstead said, “Wild horses roaming free on our public lands are a national treasure to be cherished and protected.”
Captain Dan Smith of the U.S. Forest Service is seeking any information about the 2013 and 2011 cases. Please help apprehend these criminals. Call 541-383-5798, or contact the Crook County Sheriff’s Office at 541-447-6398.
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