Authorities have boosted a reward that now stands at $7,500 for information surrounding the shooting deaths of three wild burros in May.
The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the deaths.
That’s in addition to the $2,500 reward previously offered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which is investigating the case.
The BLM’s investigation has determined that one burro had been shot in the stomach, while the other two were shot in the head in the Morgan City Wash, just south of Lake Pleasant.
The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 protects burros from harassment or killing. If caught, the shooter faces up to a year in prison and a $2,000 fine.
“Arizonans care deeply about our wild inhabitants and deplore any cruelty against them,” said Kellye Pinkleton, Arizona state director for The HSUS.
Anyone with information on the burro killings is encouraged to call 800-637-9152. All calls received will be kept confidential.