The owners of a horse that was shot multiple times with a small-caliber firearm on Highway 56 in Clinton is offering a cash reward in the hopes of finding the person or persons who shot the horse.
The owners are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting.
The 24-year-old American Quarter Horse will survive the incident and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a release from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.
Michael Strickland, whose mother, Charlotte Strickland, owns the horse as part of a family-operated business said he was disturbed by the shooting.
“It’s just infuriating to see somebody do something like this to an animal,” he said. “We wanted to put the reward out to help catch who did it and prevent it from happening again.”
Strickland said the injured horse is one of around a dozen on the property, noting that the person who shot it had to come deep onto the property to target the animal.
“This is such a disturbing case,” said Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds. “This kind of assault is from an individual who I feel is also capable of assaulting and abusing and or abusing any person of any age. We are asking the public for their help in identifying the person responsible for such a horrendous act of violence upon an animal.”
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-684-CRIME or contact the LCSO at 864-984-4967. All tips made to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.