- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

RUPERT, Idaho (AP) - Fundraising efforts have reached $30,000 for a reward seeking information leading to a conviction of whoever is responsible for brutally abusing a Shetland pony in southern Idaho.

The Times-News reports (https://bit.ly/1QsO1UA ) Minidoka County Sheriff Eric Snarr says authorities have no clues to possible suspects and there were no apparent witnesses when the horse was tortured and mutilated either late Saturday or early Sunday.

The pony, named Patches, was reportedly taken from a yard in Rupert and dragged down a paved road. The pony was still alive when it was found, but it was so badly injured that it had to be put down Sunday.

The donations have been collected into the “Justice for Patches” Go-fund-me account.

The pony belonged to the three young children of Hugo and Daniela Lopez.

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Information from: The Times-News, https://www.magicvalley.com

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