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Sheriff looking for horse shooter in Johnson County

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The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help finding who shot a horse.

Deputies say the horse was shot sometime before Thursday morning on Amana Road NE not far from Swisher.

"You can tell the kindness of a person's soul by the way they treat animals, and I thought how could somebody seriously do that," said Scotta Jones, who rides horses.

Jones and others at Wyndtree Farms are upset after hearing a horse just up road from Wyndtree farm was shot.

"How could somebody be that cruel? How could they go shoot someone's love, their creature, something they want to do, something they bond with," said Jones.

Teresa Mulhausen owns Wyndtree Farms and has close to a dozen of her own horses.

"You look at your horses and you realize that it could have been one of them," Mulhausen said. "It's just frightening. It makes you sick to your stomach. The person that did this is sick, mean and cruel."

The owners of the horse that had been shot didn't notice because the wound had already begun to heal.

Johnson County authorities tell us they got the initial complaint Thursday. However, the family's veterinarian determined the horse was actually shot days earlier.

The injuries to the horse were so severe it had to be euthanized.

Investigators say this incident is similar to a case that happened in January 2013, but a Cedar Rapids man was actually arrested in connection with that case.

Meanwhile Mulhausen says a gun range just up Amana road might be the problem.

"There's a gun range, I believe the gun range shouldn't be on the side of the road where you can just pull off and shoot your gun," said Mulhausen.

Mulhausen says she installing surveillance cameras on her farm so if anyone tries to harm her livestock, she'll be able to see who did it.

If you have any information about this horse shooting, you're urged to call the Iowa City Crime Stoppers 358-TIPS (8477)

There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.


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