Cross-posted from KSL.com
SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 5, 2010) — Investigators are trying to figure out who would not just kill a horse, but then butcher it as well.
The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case now stands at $8,000. American Dog Rescue offered a $2,500 reward, a donor match brought it to $5,000, and now the Humane Society of Utah is offering $3,000.
Wednesday, Nov. 3, police were called to a field near 5600 West and California Avenue to investigate a horse killed and mutilated.
Owner Jennifer Carrillo says Snap, an 8-year-old American Saddle bred, appeared to have at least one gunshot wound, along with portions of its body cut off in a manner consistent with butchering for meat.
“I can’t believe how somebody could kill somebody’s animal, and not only that, but treat them as meat and take parts of them away in order to consume,” Carrillo said.
The loss of her horse was made more painful by the knowledge that a last-minute change of plans made the difference between life and death for Snap. Carrillo told KSL she was planning to remove him from the field where he was killed the day of the attack, but because of other engagements that kept her later than expected, she decided to wait until the next day.
“I know that there’s no way that I could have known that that was the day somebody would decide to go in there and shoot him and butcher him,” she said, adding, “That bothers me to think that I came that close to saving his life.” Full report and video >>