- Associated Press - Friday, October 16, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A $6,000 reward is being offered for information in the case of a free-roaming horse killed near the Salt River in Mesa earlier this month.

A 12-year-old mare named “Dotty” was found dead in the Salt River Recreation Area near Coon Bluff.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s investigators have determined the horse was shot by a small-caliber weapon.

A necropsy also shows the horse had been healthy.

Sheriff’s officials say there’s no evidence that the shooting was malicious and their investigation remains open.

The $6,000 reward is being offered for any information directly leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter or shooters involved.

Two donors put up the reward - $5,000 from the International Society of the Protection of Mustangs and Burros and $1,000 from the Schill Law Group.

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