The Idaho Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to animal cruelty convictions in two recent cases in which wild ducks were injured and a horse was killed.
A Meridian citizen discovered this month that at least a half-dozen wild ducks around her neighborhood near Meridian Road and Cherry Lane had been shot with blow-gun darts. The darts were not immediately fatal to the ducks, but they could cause slow, painful deaths from injuries or infection. The first injured duck was spotted around Dec. 11, and up to 10 dart-injured ducks have been spotted since that time.
This past weekend, a 20-year-old horse was found shot and grievously injured in a pasture on Willow Creek Road in Eagle; the horse died soon after he was discovered. Investigators estimate the horse was shot between 12:45 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. Saturday.
The Idaho Humane Society urges anyone with information about the animal cruelty incidents to contact the IHS humane officers at 208-343-2760.