Reward in Rupert Horse Abuse Case Blooms to More than $25 Grand
RUPERT, Idaho (KTVB) -- Two national organizations are pledging reward money after a Shetland pony was mutilated and abused in Minidoka County. The Lopez family's Shetland pony named Patches was dragged by a vehicle and badly beaten sometime after 10 p.m. Saturday night in Rupert.
The animal was found alive by neighbors Sunday morning, but it had to be put down because of the extent of his injuries. PETA announced Thursday it will be offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime.
The Humane Society of the United States is also offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
The Minidoka County Sheriff's Office is investigating this animal cruelty case. Anyone with information about the case should call (208) 434-2320. Tips can also be phoned in to Crime Stoppers at (208) 436-5353. KTVB called the Minidoka County Sheriff's Office for an update on the investigation, but our calls weren't immediately returned.
The pony's owner, Daniela Rodriguez Lopez, set up a GoFundMe account. Money raised will also be used as a reward if and when the case is solved. By Thursday evening, the account had raised more than $12,000.