Reward of Up to $5,000 for Help Nabbing Horse Killer

PETA Seeks Information About Person Who Slit Animal's Throat and Butchered the Body

For Immediate Release:
January 22, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Pueblo, Colo. – On the morning of January 12, a rancher made a horrifying discovery: During the night, someone had cut a chain on the gate to his property; slit the throat of his family’s beloved horse, Nickel; and butchered her body. The meat had been stripped from the bones and several organs removed, leading authorities to believe that the motive may have been consumption.

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 of the person or persons responsible for this violent crime.

“All animals are at risk as long as this horse butcher remains at large,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is turning to the public for help in finding the person responsible before someone else endures the pain and terror that this horse felt when her throat was slit.”

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at 719-583-6250 or Crime Stoppers at 719-542-STOP.

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