Four horses found shot to death in Syracuse

- SYRACUSE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Investigators are looking for the person they say broke into a corral and shot four horses dead.

"I don't know how anyone could stand and look an animal in the face, and then shoot it for no reason," said Richard Sanders, the deceased horses' owner.

Sanders was on a short vacation to Arizona when it happened. The 81 year-old has owned the corral located at 4000 W. and 3000 S. Syracuse, for about 20 years now. He says he has kept several animals on the property and has never had anything like this happen.

Sanders' son went to the corral to check on the four horses while he was away.

"There's two mares, and a two year-old Philly, and a one year-old Colt," Sanders said. "The only thing he could see at first were the big mare's hind legs sticking up out of the big feed barrel. They were all just laying there dead, side by side," he said.

Sanders buried the horses Thursday, but Saturday morning, someone left him a cruel voicemail.

"All it had was a person on there, laughing in the phone in my face and then hung up," Sanders said.

Whether the caller is also the killer remains a myster. Authorities continue to investigate when exactly the shooting happened and how.

"I don't have any further real details in regards to what caliber of gun was used; just to say that it's going to be an ongoing investigation and at this point, we don't have any known suspects," said Sgt. Susan Poulsen, with the Davis County Sheriff's Office.

Meanwhile, The Humane Society of Utah is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest/conviction.

"It seems to us to be a particularly callous and cruel, and an egregious act. and that's something that we can't leave unchallenged," said Carl Arky,

If you know anything about this case, you are asked to call the Davis County Sheriff's Office at 801-451-4150.

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