Davis Sheriff's office flooded with calls on horse shootings

Monday , July 21, 2014 - 3:32 PM

Standard-Examiner Staff

SYRACUSE — Davis County Sheriff Deputies continue to sift through evidence collected at the scene where four horses were fatally shot in a Syracuse corral, while calls of concern about the crime pour into the sheriff’s office.

A $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the person or persons responsible for the crime has been put forth by the Humane Society of Utah.

“We have a great deal of concern for this case,” Davis County Sheriff Sgt. Susan Poulsen said.

The case has been turned over to county investigators where the crime was committed in the unincorporated county area.

The four horses were fatally shot sometime between July 12 and July 15 in their corral at 4000 W. 3000 South, Syracuse.

Officers were called to the pasture, which is accessible only through private property, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Syracuse police and Davis County Sheriff’s Animal Control officers responded to the scene.

Since word of the horse shootings got out, the sheriff’s office has received a high volume of calls, “mostly concern” for the animals, Poulsen said.

The sheriff’s office will infrequently receive reports of livestock being shot, Poulsen said. But those cases never involve a whole group of animals, especially horses. “Horses are a non-nuisance animal.”

Based on the location of the corral where the horses were being held, it appears who ever committed the crime would have had to go some distance out of their way, Poulsen said.

The hope is somebody may have seen something and will provide that information to the sheriff’s office by contacting 801-451-4150, Poulsen said.

In the meantime, sheriff investigators will work with what evidence was left at the crime scene, she said.

"Hopefully we can see these people (or person) captured,“ Poulsen said.

"I hope when they catch these people, I’m the first one to get at them,” said horse owner Richard Sanders of Sunset.

It was Sander’s son who found the bodies of the horses when he went there to check on them.

Contact reporter Bryon Saxton at 801-625-4244 or bsaxton@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @BryonSaxton.

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