The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a dead horse has been found near the Salt River. The animal was found about a week ago.
Activists for the Salt River horses have raised concern that there may be foul play involved after the mare was found shot to death in the Tonto National Forest.
A spokesman for MCSO confirmed the horse was shot, but deputies do not suspect foul play.
The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) said the mare was 12-years-old and named “Dotty.”
SRWHMG is also considering a “mercy killing” as a reason for the shooting, citing that the horse may have been injured.
The incident is still under investigation.