$5,000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest of Horse Killer

Posted on November 5, 2012

Horse Shot in Santa Rosa Pasture

For immediate release

Lisa Franzetta, ALDF
Megan Backus, ALDF

horseCotati, Calif. — The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator(s) who shot and killed a horse Sunday in Santa Rosa, California.

The attack took place near Bennett Valley and Annadel State Park, where several horses had been standing in a pasture. Using a high-caliber rifle, someone shot Delta Fox, a 17-year-old male horse, Sunday morning. The wounded and terrified horse fled back to his stable, collapsed, and died. Press Democrat reported that sheriff’s deputies, animal control officers, and the sheriff’s helicopter conducted an extensive air and ground search for the shooter to no avail.

Under California Penal Code § 597(a) any person convicted of maliciously and intentionally maiming or killing an animal can be imprisoned for up to three years and fined $20,000. In California, it is at the DA’s discretion whether animal cruelty is charged as a felony.

“Residents of Santa Rosa have a legitimate cause for concern when criminals are on the loose who could shoot a kind and gentle horse for no reason,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. In story after heartbreaking story, abusers repeat their violent crimes against helpless animals, and often go on to victimize people as well.

If you have information relating to the identity of the person or persons who shot and killed a horse near Bennett Valley in Santa Rosa, CA., please contact the Animal Legal Defense Fund at 707-795-2533, x1010.


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