Police are investigating after two horses were unloaded from a trailer and shot near Ferndale, in California.
The local sheriff’s office is investigating, as is the California Department of Fish and Game as the shootings occurred on public land.
The animals are believed to have died on Wednesday night, around the time a white dually pickup truck with a white, two-horse trailer was seen in the area.
Police believe the vehicle may have come from the Rio Dell area.
The dead animals were young chestnut geldings and appeared to have been well cared for.
The Times-Standard reports that the animals were killed within sight of the home of Shannon Miranda, founder of a Fortuna-based animal rescue organization, Miranda’s Rescue.
He said he was extremely upset that someone would shoot the animals.
“This is no different than murdering someone. They left them there like garbage.”
He urged people to find new homes for animals rather than kill them. Miranda’s Rescue accepted large animals such as horses and adopted them out to new homes, he said.