Four Horses Fatally Shot-County Area Syracuse

PIO: Sergeant Susan Poulsen

801-725-3637

Four horses were reported to have been fatally shot on July 15, 2014. The call came in to DCSO dispatchers from the caretaker of the horses, who is the son of the horse owner. Deputies arrived at 4000 West 3000 South in unincorporated area of Syracuse to find four thoroughbred horses that had been fatally shot in various areas of their bodies and heads in the feeding area of their stable. The horses were last seen alive on July 12th. The shootings occurred sometime between July 12-15th at 7:23 pm, when the caretaker arrived to feed and water the horses and found them all shot to death and called dispatch. At this time, there are no known suspects. Detectives and Crime Lab investigators are looking into all evidence found at the scene. This case remains active. If anyone has any information into this crime, they are requested to call 801-451-4150, or Submit a Tip at http://bit.ly/SubmitaTip.

UPDATE

September 5th, 2014

PIO: Sgt. DeeAnn Servey

801-644-5742

Davis County Prosecutors have declined to prosecute in this case on a charge requested of Aggravated Cruelty to an Animal, a Class A Misdemeanor.  The evidence gathered by investigators, Animal Control and a veterinarian supports the fact that the four horses expired from dehydration.  The horses typically have full access to water when they roam the pasture; however, they appear to have been locked in the corral with no water source.  It is unclear whether the caretaker accidentally locked them in the corral or whether someone else locked the gate.  All relevant witnesses have been interviewed and after an extensive investigation, we are left with insufficient evidence to support criminal charges against anyone.  The case is considered closed at this time. 

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