- 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.
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.