Wild horse shooting re-enacted for TV crime show

August 24, 2009


The pregnant mare who was shot as she was about to foal.


Two actors played the part of the shooters in the re-enactment for television.


Crime Stoppers spokesman Sgt Patrick Webb

The unsolved shooting spree which killed a pregnant mare, a yearling colt and a stallion in Canada is to be re-enacted by the Crime Stoppers TV show.

The April 28 shooting of three wild horses in Alberta, Canada, including a heavily pregnant mare, sparked growing anger among the local horse community. The three were shot in the Sundre area, about 100km northwest of Calgary, an area where nearly two dozen horses have been found shot since 2004. No charges have been laid for any of the killings.

At the time of the April shooting, Doreen Henderson, of the Wild Horses of Alberta Society said "the mare had her birthing sack hanging out of her and on closer inspection you could see the tiny hooves sticking out."

Media from CTV, CBC National News, Mountain View Publishing, Global Calgary and Pacific Television and Film, met with Crime Stoppers out at Mountainaire Lodge last week. Two Calgary actors portrayed the killers.

The horrifying and sadistic nature of the crime has made the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) determined not let the case die, and with the TV show it is hoped the culprits can be found and prosecuted.

Police hope the re-enactment will generate more tips from the public. They believe that those responsible would have mentioned the shootings to someone.

More than 20 of the shot horses in the past several years have been found within a 30-minute drive of each other, which leads Wild Horse Society officials to believe that the same person or persons are responsible for all the deaths.

There is a $US25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the killings.