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Northern New Mexico horse shootings spark investigation

July 10, 2020 GMT

MONTE APLANADO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the shooting of two horses in northern New Mexico.

The Las Vegas Optic reports two horses in the Monte Aplanado area of Mora County were shot last month. Animal Protection of New Mexico says one of the horses died from gunshot wounds while the other is recovering.

No arrests have been made.

Horses were reported to have been running in the Laguna Alta area.

The New Mexico Livestock Board is investigating the shootings as a felony animal cruelty case.

“Whoever shot these horses poses a danger to the people and animals of the community,” said New Mexico Livestock Board Regional Supervisor Matthew Romero said. “We are asking for tips from the public to identify whoever is responsible for this cruel and senseless act.”