Vigil for a pair of shot horses shines light on crime against animals (Calif)

Cross-posted from the Tri-Valley Herald

Valley Times

Animal lovers and supporters gathered Saturday night at the Robertson Park rodeo grounds to remember two horses shot to death last month.

The Rountree family found their horses, Choctaw and Lucky, shot to death on the morning of Oct. 22 in their pasture on Collier Canyon Road in unincorporated Contra Costa County. The sheriff’s office is investigating the case.

Choctaw, Lucky and the Rountrees’ four other horses have participated in numerous charity events for children. The horses have visited children at Shriners hospitals and worked with Hoofprints on the Heart, a Livermore organization that provides therapeutic riding lessons to special-needs children.

Choctaw was the lead horse in the Shriners mounted patrol unit and had been in several high-profile parades, including the New Year’s Day Rose Parade.

Lucky, a former “bag of bones,” was rescued by the Rountrees in February from a Martinez shelter.

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the horse killer exceeds $20,000. The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information about the shooting to call (925) 646 2441.

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