Eagle Horse Was Gunned Down With High-Powered Rifle


  • Courtesy Eagle Police Department

Investigators at the Ada County Sheriff's Office say there's new evidence in connection with the Dec. 21, 2013, shooting death of a horse in an Eagle pasture.

Law enforcement say that the horse, named Rocky, was shot with a high-powered rifle.

Owners found the 20-year-old horse lying in a pasture off of Willow Creek Road. Their initial reaction was that Rocky was suffering from colic; but, on closer inspection, they found that the horse had been shot once in the shoulder.

An equine veterinarian rushed to the scene but determined that the horse had lost too much blood, was in shock, and could not be saved.

Deputies with the Eagle Police Department said the location of the pasture, the position of the horse and the type of wound the animal suffered indicates that the shooting was an intentional act.

A total of $6,000 in reward money is being offered to anyone who can lead law enforcement to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Ada County dispatchers at 208-377-6790.