Reward of Up to $5,000 for Help in Nabbing Criminal Who Shot Horse in the Head

PETA Seeks Information on Culprit Responsible for Horse's Collapse and Slow Death

For Immediate Release:
January 16, 2018

Audrey Shircliff 202-483-7382

Lancaster County, S.C. – On November 18, Robbie and Julie Dunn made a horrifying discovery at their Lancaster County ranch: Sometime during the night, their horse Boss had been shot in the head and killed. Video footage from a security camera shows that he craned his neck in apparent pain shortly after 3 a.m. and then tried to stand but fell several times throughout the night until he apparently died around noon.

The video also shows that a pickup truck towing a trailer passed by the Dunns’ barn several times during the night and reveals that there were lights in the woods around the suspected time of the shooting. Police are investigating but have yet to make any arrests in the case, prompting PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—to offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person or persons responsible for this violent crime.

“Someone out there shot Boss in the head and left him to suffer in agony for hours,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about who was in the woods that night to come forward immediately so that whoever killed this horse can be held accountable.”

Boss is the second horse killed by gunshot on the ranch. In August 2011, Pretty Girl was shot six times—the Dunns suspect that the gunfire came from a neighbor’s firing range.

Anyone with information about the new case is encouraged to contact the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-4136.

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