Rewards have been offered in two US cruelty cases, one involving the blinding and disfiguring of a horse, and the other over the use of a captive bolt gun.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $US2500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those behind the blinding and disfiguring of a horse in Essex, Vermont.
The Essex Police Department said someone used an unknown chemical to blind and severely burn a 13-year-old paint mare named Nellie at her Essex farm overnight on May 16.
Nellie’s owner discovered a slimy substance on her horse’s face, extending from her forehead to her nostrils, when she went to feed Nellie that morning.
The horse’s veterinarian determined that Nellie suffered a chemical burn.
Surgery to mend her injuries is expected to cost about $US2000. The Spring Hill Horse Rescue is helping the owner with veterinary expenses. It is understood her left eye has had to be removed.
“This act of violence against this innocent horse is sickening,” said Joanne Bourbeau, northeastern regional director for the society.
“Nellie will no doubt face months of recovery from her injuries, and her owner is facing thousands of dollars in veterinary expenses. We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime.”
A similar reward is offered over the killing a racehorse named Lady May Z in northwest Indiana.
Lady May Z was grazing in her pen in Lake County when someone fatally shot her between the eyes on May 29.
Her owners, Carl and Heidi Geib, found her lying dead in her pen.
Police believe a captive bolt gun was used. The 8-year-old racehorse was scheduled to appear at Balmoral Park Racetrack on May 30 for a practice race.
“It takes a truly callous person to kill a gentle horse as she was grazing in her pen,” said Anne Sterling, Indiana state director for the HSUS. “We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this tragic crime.”
Meanwhile, police in Canada are investigating the shooting of a horse in its pasture in northeastern British Columbia on Monday evening.
The animal was struck in the neck as it stood in its pasture just metres from the residence at the Fort St John property.
Police are seeking the driver of a dark SUV which pulled into the driveway. The shot from the small-calibre weapon was fired from the vehicle.
The horse survived the shooting.
The investigators in the Lady May Z case: The Lake County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Michelle Weaver at 219-755-3400.
The investigators in Nellie’s case: Essex Police Department Cpl. Ed Piro is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call him at 802-878-8331.