Information Wanted In Drive-By Horse Killing

CHENEY, Wash. - Thousands of dollars are being offered for information in the shooting death of a horse. Investigators believe the horse was the victim of a drive-by shooting, and they have little information.

"He was born right over there underneath that tree, on my birthday two years ago," the horse's owner Angela Bleeker said.

Bleeker takes care of her 20 horses like they're her children. While that may seem like a lot of work, it's still one horse shy of what she's used to.

"It means something, especially if you're raising them like she does." Dwayne Miller, Bleeker's boyfriend said. "I mean, she loves these horses."

Bleeker's two-year-old cream draft horse "Wizard" was staying on a family friend's property with several other horses near Airway Heights. Witnesses say that on the afternoon of October 22nd, they heard a loud gunshot and saw a dark pickup truck speeding away.

"Wizard" was shot in the shoulder, and stumbled a few yards before lying down and dying. Bleeker never imagined something like this could happen.

"No, especially not up there, there are so many houses and so many people up there it never occurred to me," Bleeker said.

She says the other horses were sad and frightened when she picked them up the next day.

"That night with the blood, and the noise, and the people...she was just shaking," Bleeker added.

SCRAPS is now investigating the shooting. The Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward to anyone who has information on the crime. Bleeker is calling for justice.

"Somebody who would do that is most likely going to brag about it. And somebody's going to hear something. So if anybody has heard something, tell somebody," She said.

There are a couple places to call if you have information about who shot Wizard. Bleeker urges you to call SCRAPS at 477-2532, or you can call the Spokane County Sheriff's Office at 477-2240.