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Case ID: 16798
Classification: Shooting, Mutilation/Torture
Animal: horse
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Reward: $8,000
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Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010

County: Salt Lake

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

The Humane Society of Utah is offering a $3,000, American Dog Rescue is putting in $2,500 along with a matching donor, plus unidentified additional donors are currently raising the reward amount. This for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the brutal murder of a horse known as "Snap." Snap found by its owner, Jennifer Carrillo, shot and mutilated in the pasture where she grazes several horses. Law enforcement officials believe the horse was slaughtered for its meat.

According to Humane Society of Utah Executive Director Gene Baierschmidt, "We think this was a cruel and callous act, especially if the horse was still alive when it was dismembered. In the more than 20 years I've been at the Humane Society of Utah this has been one of the most egregious acts of cruelty I've heard of. We hope the reward will encourage anyone with knowledge of this incident to come forward and provide information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of this crime."

Under Utah's animal cruelty code this crime is considered a Class A misdemeanor which carries a sentence of up to one year in prison and a fine of $2,500.00. The owner of the horse may also take civil action against those found guilty of committing this crime. Anyone with information about this case to call the Salt Lake Unified Police Dept. at 801-743-7045 or Salt Lake County Animal Services at 801-559-1120.

Utah's animal torture felony law, which the Humane Society of Utah helped to pass in 2008 does not apply to this case as the law only applies to dogs and cats. During the course of the 2008 legislative session the Humane Society of Utah fought to get horses included in the law but those efforts fell short. HSU still favors extending the protection the animal torture felony act provides to horses as well as cats and dogs.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Salt Lake Police Dept., Salt Lake County Animal Services


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