Sheriff's office investigating shooting of horse
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."