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March 18, 2011

Reward Offered in Central Oregon Wild Horse Shootings

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing three wild horses in the Ochoco Mountains near Prineville, Ore.

The Case: News reports and the Crook County Sheriff’s Office give the following account: On Monday, Crook County deputies discovered three dead wild horses, including two stallions and a pregnant mare, while on patrol at Ochoco National Forest, about 18 miles east of Prineville. A yearling foal was found with his mother, unhurt, but nuzzling the dead mare in an apparent attempt to revive her. Deputies believe the horses were intentionally shot.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

“Shooting these three magnificent wild horses was an act of vicious animal cruelty, resulting in a young horse being left alone and motherless,” said Scott Beckstead, The HSUS’ Oregon senior state director. “We share the public’s outrage over these killings, and applaud the Crook County sheriff for aggressively investigating this case.”

The Investigators: The Crook County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (541) 447-6398, or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-877-876-TIPS.  

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. To see our journalists' animal cruelty resource guide, which includes information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to humanesociety.org.

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