New Mexico group offers $10K reward in case of dead horses

CLOUDCROFT, N.M. (AP) — An animal advocacy group is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the deaths of five horses found in southern New Mexico.

Animal Protection New Mexico announced Friday that the horses appeared to have been shot and their bodies left in March in and around the mountainous community of Cloudcroft.

The New Mexico Livestock Board responded after getting reports about the dead animals. Officer Skylar Davis said the investigation was ongoing and asked the public to contact the agency right away if they find any more dead horses in the area.

“Intentionally injuring or maliciously killing an animal is felony animal cruelty,” Davis said.

Alan Edmonds, cruelty case manager with Animal Protection New Mexico, said it was extremely concerning that someone may be intentionally seeking out and shooting horses.