Sheriff's office investigating shooting of horse

Saturday, December 28, 2013
This three-year-old white and tan Appaloosa filly named Cheyenne was found dead by her owners on Thursday on Parker Road after reportedly being shot above the left eye. The Dyer County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may have information about the case to call the sheriff's office or Crime Stoppers.

Dyer County Sheriff's investigators are investigating a case in which someone shot and killed a horse on Parker Road on Thursday.

According to Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box, deputies where dispatched Thursday morning to 453 Parker Road, between Viar Road and Highway 104 East, to the residence of Doug and Deitra Clifton. Upon arrival, Deitra Clifton told deputies that between 8 and 9 a.m. she and her husband found their three-year-old white and tan Appaloosa horse dead from what appeared to be a small gunshot wound above the left eye. It is believed the horse was shot sometime after midnight or in the early morning hours of Thursday.

Box stated his office believes a poacher may be responsible for the horse's death and may have been mistaken for wildlife.

"This three-year-old old Appaloosa filly was in training for barrel racing and was valued at over $2,500," said Box. "This area is a well populated area I am requesting anyone who may have heard shots or seen anyone in the area to contact the sheriff's office at 731-285-2802 or Crime Stoppers of Dyer County at 731-285-TIPS. Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward for information leading to arrest and convictions of criminals. Callers' identities will also remain anonymous."

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  • This is a sad story I hope this was some kind of crazy accident and not some cruelty to animals thing. Hope they find out.

    -- Posted by NEWSLIES on Sat, Dec 28, 2013, at 2:32 AM
  • Get it right, SG. Parker Road is located between Viar Road and Highway 104 EAST. It is in Roellen. 104 West is going towards Finley. People need the correct location in order to determine if they have any information. I know this is a small time new paper, but it happens often. You really need to check into some type of a course that teaches your reporters how to proof read their work.

    -- Posted by hotpocket1971 on Sat, Dec 28, 2013, at 11:58 AM
  • It says 104 east! Maybe you need to proof read!!

    -- Posted by time2change on Sun, Dec 29, 2013, at 10:29 AM
  • spell check is their proof-read. and the writer sits at the sheriff's, get used to it.

    -- Posted by closerlook on Sun, Dec 29, 2013, at 2:51 PM
  • State Gazette are you listening???????

    -- Posted by austin on Mon, Dec 30, 2013, at 1:48 AM
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