- Patches, the Shetland pony.
UPDATE Friday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m.:
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the savage attack on a Shetland pony named Patches in Minidoka County.
Patches was found Sept. 6 covered in blood, his eyes swollen shut from blunt force trauma to the head, his knees ground down to the bone from being dragged behind a car and his genitals cut off. He also suffered from several stab wounds.
A veterinarian euthanized Patches after a heart-wrenching examination.
"I don't think I've ever seen a more vicious attack on an animal," Lisa Kauffman, Idaho director of the Humane Society of the United States, stated in a news release. "Patches was an aging pony who was a neighborhood favorite with the local children. To be beaten, tortured, mutilated and then left to die in immense pain is the work of an individual you want behind bars. You do not want this person living next to you or in your community. This crime deserves a first offense felony conviction, but since animal cruelty in Idaho is a misdemeanor unless it's the person's third offense, this person, when caught, may not get the punishment they deserve.'
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Minidoka County Sheriff's Office at 208-434-2320.
ORIGINAL POST: Monday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m.:
The Minidoka Sheriff's Office is looking for the public's help in an investigation into the brutal attack Sept. 5 on a Shetland Pony in Rupert.
Law enforcement said Monday the pony had been dragged behind a vehicle for more than a mile and mutilated. The horse was put down by a veterinarian Sept. 6.
The pony, known as Patches to the community, would spend his days grazing in a corner lot so area children could visit him.
"These horses, they depend on us," George King, of King Equestrian Center, told KIDK-TV. "They depend on us to feed them and water them and take care of them. It's just absolutely terrible. I don't know, it just amazes me that people even think about doing something like that."
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call the Minidoka Sheriff's Office at 208-434-2324.