A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification and conviction of a person who shot a pregnant Appaloosa horse on a Wilson Mesa pasture over the weekend in San Miguel County.

Update: The CO Department of Wildlife says it’s possible that the horse sustained injuries after being attacked by an elk or other wildlife.

According to the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, the Appaloosa horse that was valued at $25,o00 has been put down after suffering serious injuries. It is unclear if the foals survived.

Appaloosa horses are known for their unique markings and spotted coats, with colors from bay, chestnut, black, palomino, buckskin, roan, gray, dun, and grulla. The distinctively spotted horse often referred to as the “Palouse River Horse” was first developed by the Nez Perce tribe of the northwest U.S.

Authorities believe the valuable horse was shot sometime over the weekend, anytime from Friday to Saturday morning.

If anyone has any information about the case, you are asked to contact the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office at 970-728-1911.

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