HSU concerned over suspicious death of valued Syracuse horse, $3,000 reward offered

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Humane Society of Utah offers reward for information leading to arrest of horse’s killer

Lady Antebellum, a 6-year-old registered thoroughbred mare valued at more than $10,000, was found dead in her 80-acre pasture located at 2600 West 2850 South in Syracuse, Utah, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The Humane Society of Utah is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible. The HSU hopes the reward assists the Syracuse Police and Davis County Animal Control in obtaining information required to identify and charge whoever is responsible for this heinous act of animal cruelty.

“We’re interested in knowing more about what caused the death of this horse but from the given information it seems like this was an intentional act of animal violence,” said Deann Shepherd, HSU representative. “This is very disturbing to think about and the person responsible for this killing needs to be held accountable to the full extent of the law. Our condolences are given to Lady Antebellum’s family at this time.”

Syracuse Police described the injury as a puncture wound shaped like an x behind the horse’s front leg. It is assumed the death may possibly be caused by an arrow.

Possible violations include: Aggravated cruelty by killing an animal or causing an animal to be killed without legal privilege – a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year and/or $2,500 fine. Criminal mischief or wanton destruction of livestock – both vary depending on the value of the property injured or destroyed. It is a second degree felony if the value is $5,000 or more with one to 15 years and $10,000 fine.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Syracuse Police at 801-825-4400.