Megan Backus, ALDF
The national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator(s) who shot and killed a horse Sunday in Santa Rosa, California.
The attack took place near Bennett Valley and Annadel State Park, where several horses had been standing in a pasture. Using a high-caliber rifle, someone shot Delta Fox, a 17-year-old male horse, Sunday morning. The wounded and terrified horse fled back to his stable, collapsed, and died. Press Democrat reported that sheriff’s deputies, animal control officers, and the sheriff’s helicopter conducted an extensive air and ground search for the shooter to no avail.
Under California Penal Code § 597 (a) any person convicted of maliciously and intentionally maiming or killing an animal can be imprisoned for up to three years and fined $20,000. In California, it is at the DA’s discretion whether animal cruelty is charged as a felony.
“Residents of Santa Rosa have a legitimate cause for concern when criminals are on the loose who could shoot a kind and gentle horse for no reason,” says ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells. In story after heartbreaking story, abusers repeat their violent crimes against helpless animals, and often go on to victimize people as well.
After seeing ALDF’s pledge the Coastal California Friesian Club graciously added $250 to the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) that killed Delta Fox.
For more information about the Animal Legal Defense Fund please visit www.aldf.org