ASSARIA — A reward of more than $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever fatally shot a miniature horse that was part of a small animal herd.
Ronda and Randy Russell, owners of 9-year-old Misty, one of five miniature horses they owned as part of their “A Little Hors’n Around” petting zoo, said the $500 they are offering has been matched by an anonymous donor. The crime is also featured this week by Saline County Crimestoppers. Information can be provided anonymously by calling 825-TIPS, texting SATIPS to CRIMES (274637), or visiting pd.salina.org and following the Crimestoppers link to submit a web tip. Crimestoppers offers a cash reward of up to $1,500.
Saline County deputies began investigating after the miniature horse was found dead on the morning of March 31.
The horse, which had one bullet wound in its cheek and one in its neck, was shot while it was in a pasture in the 4200 block of East Kansas Highway 4.
Ronda Russell said Misty had been among the other miniature horses, three miniature donkeys and six pygmy goats the Russells take to area parades, nursing homes and preschools, festivals and other events.
“These are tame, little, sweet animals,” she said.
She said the crime shocked her and her husband, who did not hear the rifle shots that killed the animal in close proximity to their home.
“At first I was crushed, but now I’m angry,” she said. “The angle the shot came from and where she was found are right in line with the house.”