Locals want answers in suspicious horse death

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 9/17/2013 4:00 pm
MOUND HOUSE, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) --  It's not strange to see wild horses roaming in Lyon County.

"We run the train up from Carson City on the weekends and on Fridays and every trip the tourists and the locals alike see the wild horses," said Thomas Gray, vice president of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. "It's the highlight of their trip."

Gray said over the past four years one horse has stood out.

"Every spring we come down here to check the tracks out and we're always looking for him to see if he survived the winter," Gray said. "This winter he did and we were so happy."

But that happiness turned to heartbreak after the horse was found dead last week.

"It looked like he had been cut and shot," Gray said. "It doesn't look like a normal horse who expired from natural causes."

Gray said they last saw the horse around Labor Day, so it's possible it has been dead for weeks.

It was found just off of Highway 50 near Mound House, not far from a neighborhood.

It's an area where wild horses graze regularly. Something Gray said is another problem.

"I think people are feeding these horses and bringing them too close down here to the highway," Gray said. "They become a danger on the road and a danger to themselves."

Gray and other locals are trying to find out what happened to this horse to prevent it from happening again.

"It's sad," he said. "All of our employees are just heartbroken to see this horse like this and they're willing to put up a reward."

Gray asked that anyone who has any information call Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.

Shortly after speaking with News 4, Gray said he ran into officials from the Department of Agriculture who were responding to reports of arrows being fired at horses in the area. They did find a second dead horse with an arrow wound.

News 4 has confirmed The Department of Agriculture is investigating both deaths. Secret Witness is offering a cash reward in the amount of $1,000 for arrest and prosecution of suspects responsible. Call 322-4900 with information.
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calico - 9/17/2013 10:00 AM
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These particular horses are Virginia Range, not federal horses, they are however protected under state law.

calico - 9/17/2013 9:58 AM
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These horses are deeply loved. A new law passed through the last legislative session increased penalties which now include jail time. Lyon County deputies will investigate and will enforce the law

DDeLucia - 9/17/2013 9:57 AM
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Thank you for covering this story. These wild horses are supposed to be federally protected. There are less than 36,000 in the wild. The killer could also be a threat to people.

tikidianne - 9/17/2013 9:40 AM
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This isn't the whole story... apparently the horse was gut-shot 5 times and his throat slit!! The other horse had an arrow below one eye... REALLY!!!! The scumbag who do this are worthless and don't deserve to share the air we breathe!! There needs to be boundy on these thugs and they need caught and PUNISHED!!!!

Bubbles - 9/17/2013 7:16 AM
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Get real. Even if the piece of waste is caught nothing will happen to him. The judicial system is a joke as are those that are supposed to enforce the laws. Morons move where the horses LIVE and expect the to move because the 2 legged interlopers have taken over.
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