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PETA offers $5K reward for information related to shooting death of Lancaster horse

Lancaster County horse owners found their horse, Boss, dead Nov. 18 in their pasture on Old Church Road from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. PETA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Lancaster County horse owners found their horse, Boss, dead Nov. 18 in their pasture on Old Church Road from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. PETA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Contributed photo

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the death of a Lancaster County horse.

Lancaster County horse owners found their horse, Boss, dead Nov. 18 in their pasture on Old Church Road from an apparent gunshot wound to the head, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office statement.

The owners announced in December that they were offering a $1,000 reward for information. PETA announced their reward in a release Tuesday.

“Someone out there shot Boss in the head and left him to suffer in agony for hours,” said PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien in a prepared statement. “PETA is urging anyone with information about who was in the woods that night to come forward immediately so that whoever killed this horse can be held accountable.”

Lancaster Sheriff Barry Faile said the office is working on a lead but has no updates.

The owners had surveillance video on the field, which show Boss was shot around 3 a.m. and that he “went down the last time” around 8 a.m.

A vehicle pulling a trailer with distinct reflective tape on the side passed the property three times that night, the statement says.

The surveillance video also shows a light moving across the pasture just after 5:30 a.m., which could have been someone with a flashlight, the statement says.

Anyone with information should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or call Midlands Crimestoppers at 888-274-6372.

Amanda Harris: 803-329-4082

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