The photograph from the Eagle Police Department is not for the squeamish; but law enforcement needs help finding the person, or persons, responsible for shooting a horse and leaving it to die in an Eagle pasture.
The owners of the 20-year-old horse, named Rocky, found the animal lying in a pasture off of Willow Creek Road Dec. 21. Their initial reaction was that Rocky was suffering from colic; but, upon closer inspection, they found that the horse had been shot once in the shoulder.
An equine veterinarian rushed to the scene but determined that the horse had lost too much blood, was in shock, and could not be saved.
Deputies with the Eagle Police Department said the location of the pasture, the position of the horse and the type of wound the animal suffered indicates that the shooting was an intentional act.
Law enforcement said that the Willow Creek Road pasture is in a rural residential area that makes it unlikely a hunter or recreational shooter would have hit the horse accidentally.
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Ada County dispatchers at 208-377-6790.