$8,000 reward for info of fatal shooting of Salt River horse
If bringing justice to someone responsible for shooting one of the famous Salt River horses wasn't reason enough to get involved, there is now a reward of $8,000 being offered by the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party.
The 12 year old mare, named Dotty, was discovered dead at the Coon Bluff Campground near Mesa in early October. At first there was not said to be anything suspicious about Dotty's death, but further study showed evidence of foul play.
An autopsy showed that the horse was killed by a gunshot, and it also showed that Dotty was healthy prior to the shot, providing evidence against the theory it could have been a mercy killing.
The following statement was issued from the president of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, Simone Netherlands: ""The investigation is ongoing, but it is very disturbing that there may be someone out there with cruel intent, and we are committed to finding out what happened to Dotty,"
The Salt River wild horses are one of the most popular wild herds in the country, bringing people from all over the country to come see them because of their peaceful nature and tolerance of humans, which makes it all the more wrong for a person to harm them.
If you have any information or know anyone with information about the shooting of Dotty, you can call the Sheriff's Office Animal Cruelty Hotline on 602-876-1681. The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group is taking tips through its emergency hotline, as well. The number is 480-868-9301.
For a touching example of how amazing the Salt River wild horses are, watch this story that we wrote about last December, where a Salt River wild Stallion rescues a filly from drowning on his own.