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Shot and wounded horse found wandering in desert in Maricopa County

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Law officials in Maricopa County, Arizona are seeking information about the shooting of a mare located as she was aimlessly walking about in the desert. The officers have brought the case of the mare’s shooting to the public on Dec. 17 because they are hoping people can assist with information on who shot the horse.

Maricopa County Sheriff's department deputy Joaquin Enriquez, public information officer, says that deputies were called about a horse found wandering in Maricopy County. When officers arrived to look at the horse, they saw a mare, presumed to be an older animal of around 20 or more years old. She had been shot in the head.

Even though the mare was wounded with a serious injury, she was in fine spirits. She appeared to be searching the ground for something to eat.

Enriquez said the horse is in the Sheriff’s department custody and has been placed under veterinary care.

While the horse is in serious condition, they have her stabilized at this time. As she improves, she will be sent to “the tents” where some offenders live. Here she will be cared for by the inmates.

The point of going public on Dec. 17 is to keep the investigation going and open, and detectives are seeking leads. They invite anyone that has information about the horse shooting to contact Maricopa County Sheriff’s Animal Crimes Hotline at 602/876-1681.

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