by Associated Press
MESA, Ariz. — Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials now are confirming that one of the free-roaming horses near the Salt River was fatally shot.
The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group released a statement Sunday night saying that a 12-year-old mare was found dead Oct. 1 of an apparent shooting.
However, the Sheriff’s Office announced Monday there was no evidence that the wild horse was intentionally killed or evidence of gunshot wounds on the carcass found at the Coon Bluff Campground area near Mesa.
But sheriff’s officials said Friday that a veterinarian contracted to examine the horse’s carcass ultimately determined that the mare was shot by a small-caliber weapon although no projectile was found.
They said the investigation has been turned over to the sheriff’s animal crimes unit.