Manatee County deputies are investigating the death of a miniature horse found fatally shot in Palmetto.
The horse was killed some time between Sunday evening and Monday morning at 2410 21st St. Ct. E., according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Bill Flynn, a friend of the horse's owner, is disgusted by what they found at the ranch Monday morning.
"We arrived here and found a horse shot in the head at point blank range," Flynn said. "Muzzle burn on her head between her eyes."
Flynn says he and the horse's owner, 25-year-old Savannah Bell want answers and they're willing to pay for them.
A $1,000 reward is now being offered for anyone who can put the person responsible behind bars.
The 3 year old miniature horse named Bell is valued at $1,500.
If you have information, contact deputies at 941-747-3011, ext. 2551, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
In a separate case, a show horse was found slaughter in October in Palmetto. It was valued at $500,000. Deputies believe the culprit was after the horse’s meat.