An Oregon family has questions about why a Clackamas county sheriff’s deputy shot and killed their family pony.
Crista Fitzgerald says her family’s 30 year-old American Miniature Horse, named Gir, escaped from his stall in a Molalla barn sometime during the night on February 18.
“I locked his stall door, and I always do a double check. The next morning I came back out before I had class in the morning, which is around 10, and he was gone,” Fitzgerald said. “We started knocking door-to-door. And the first house we came to he was laying in their yard.”
“We walked up closer and I bent down to pet him, and that’s when I saw the pool of blood behind his cheek bones. The neighbor came out and told us she had called the sheriff’s department and they put him down,” Fitzgerald said.
Police say a deputy fatally shot the horse after deciding it had been hit by a car, had two broken legs, and was unable to stand.
Fitzgerald, however, sent the animal it to a veterinary lab for a second opinion.
The veterinary report says the horse was killed by gunshot, had no broken bones except for a fractured jaw caused by a bullet, and was in excellent body condition considering he had arthritis.
“My vet said there was absolutely nothing wrong with him,” Fitzgerald said. “If I had gone out and shot the pony I’d be in jail right now. That’s cruel.”
The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.
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