NOTE: We posted the article below, but received a credible comment from Vicki O’Neill stating “Speaking on behalf of Sheriff Arpaio who is a well known animal lover was wondering how the blame of burying the carcass falls on him? Wasn’t the carcass floating in the river? What about the Forest Dept doing something about it? He was probably told the head had to be removed for an autopsy for forensic evidence. He did help get money together for an award for the conviction of this killer. Also we think it’s great that Arpaio pressed for investigation and charges against that awful kennel that neglectfully killed 20 dogs. Good for him!”
Our apologies to Sheriff Arpaio, and we agree, good for him. Thanks, Vicki, for setting the record straight.
Source: Phoenix New Times
Warning: Graphic photo below.
by Stephen Lemons
Something’s rotten in Coon Bluff, thanks to Sheriff Joe and the MCSO.
That something is the headless carcass of Dotty, one of the famed Salt River wild horses, found on October 1, shot to death and floating in the river near Coon Bluff, a heavily trafficked part of the Tonto National Forest popular with campers, tubers, photographers, and picnickers.
Reportedly, the 12-year-old mare had been shot four times, three times in the head and once in the body.
The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the animals, suggested that the shooting of Dotty “could have been someone attempting a mercy kill if the horse was injured,” or it may have been “someone with cruel intent.”
Despite photos taken by passers-by showing what seemed to be obvious bullet holes in Dotty’s noggin, the Sheriff’s Office initially was unconvinced of foul play and issued an October 5 press release saying as much.
Days later, the MCSO reversed itself, stating in an October 15 press release that a necropsy of the animal done by a veterinarian “showed that the horse had been killed by gunshot” and had been healthy before the shooting.
Arpaio, supposed defender of four-legged beasts, eventually offered an $8,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of Dotty’s killer.
“We will follow every lead,” the sheriff promised at the time, “[and] make every effort to find the suspect and bring justice to Dotty’s death.”
Four months later, the investigation hasn’t budged an inch, and neither has Dotty’s desiccated, decapitated form, which remains on the sandy banks of the Salt River, a large gaping hole where its head used to be.
Seems Arpaio’s beige-shirts lopped off the head and left the blackened, bloated body to rot, inundating the area for weeks with the smell of death and clouds of flies and other insects.
If Arpaio and his minions really were all that concerned about the Salt River wild horses, why did they leave Dotty’s noggin’-less corpse to decompose near a campsite?
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