A $US5000 reward has been offered over the strangulation of a partially blind polo horse in West Virginia.
The reward, for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the teenagers allegedly responsible, is offered by the Humane Society of the United States.
The perpetrators trespassed on the Martinsburg farm and strangled the owner’s horse with a towing strap on July 21.
A neighbor reported seeing two teenagers trespassing on Kija Wilson’s farm on Shepherdstown Road and running away from where Wilson kept her retired horse, Catnip.
Catnip was later found with the strap so tight around her neck it had to be cut off with a razor. Her tongue and throat were swollen, making it difficult to breathe.
Catnip was subsequently euthanized because of her injuries.
“It’s hard to imagine why someone would want to harm an animal, especially a sweet retired horse like Catnip,” the charity’s West Virginia state director, Summer Wyatt, said.
“We hope our reward helps finds the persons responsible for this act of cruelty and gives Catnip’s owner some piece of mind.”
The case is being investigated by Berkley County Deputy Michael St Clair. Anyone with information about the case can call the Berkley County Sheriff’s Office at 304-267-7000 or the Berkley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.