The Animal Rescue Corps is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting and killing a Madison family's horse.
Officials said the horse, a six-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse named Sable, was shot in a pasture at John Coarsey's home located in the 500 block of East Campbell Road between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday.
Neighbors reported hearing a gunshot between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Coarsey family said they called an equine veterinarian after they noticed Sable appeared to be ill Monday night.
The veterinarian found the wound in the horse's side. The owner reported the mare died before she could be euthanized.
A necropsy discovered the horse had been shot in the ribs, before the bullet went through her intestine and ended up in her left lung.
“It's hard to imagine how anyone could take the life of a family's beloved animal, especially when the animal's guardian has dedicated her life to saving animals,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “It is unprecedented for Animal Rescue Corps to offer a reward in a criminal case but we are standing up for a member of the ARC family and for justice.”
The family is hopeful that anyone with information on the incident will come forward and contact police at 615-862-8600.