ANDERSON, Calif. - After a horse was shot in Anderson, The Shasta County Sheriff's Office and Haven Humane are saying this crime is a rare occurrence.
The shooting happened Sunday, May 5, around midnight.
Juan Montano, the owner of the horse, said he heard his dogs barking but did not hear gunshots.
The next morning Montano came out to find his horse had been shot in the forehead and would, unfortunately, have to be put down because of the injury.
"My grandson, James, came down the hill and he rushed back to the house and said someone shot the horse. I got up quickly and we came out and he had been gasping for air -breathing really short- and he was already almost dead," Montano said. "He had suffered all night long. That's what really ticks me off."
The Sheriff's Office told Action News Now they do have an investigation open but there are no leads.
Montano said he wanted the story to be known in hopes that it would not happen to any other horse owners in the area.