$25,000 Reward Offered After Twenty Wild Horses Shot Dead & More Than Thirty Go Missing

An investigation is ongoing after more than twenty wild horses were found shot dead and more than thirty have gone missing near the northern Arizona town of Alpine.

The massacre took place in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
The massacre took place in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

The horses were found in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest with bullet wounds in their abdomens, necks, faces, and between their eyes, according to local wildlife conservation groups.

Simone Netherlands, President of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, said: "This hateful massacre is incomprehensible and the killer or killers must be brought to full justice."


The US Forest Service was initially investigating an incident in which 15 horses were shot dead. However, on Tuesday, the wildlife group said that a total of 20 horses have now been found dead, and more than 30 were missing.


The group said in a statement: "This is not a personal or a vindictive act. This is a professional operation. It was a planned mission to kill all of the Alpine wild horses."

Wild horse organizations, Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, the American Wild Horse Campaign, and Animal Wellness Action, have pooled together resources to offer a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible.


Amelia Perrin of the Wild Horse Campaign said: "Someone knows something. There's not just a mass killing of animals at this level without someone knowing something."


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