Horse wounded in pasture improves owner offers reward for information

November 27, 1995|By Shanon D. Murray | Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF

A horse remains in guarded condition more than a week after it was shot with a high-powered rifle while standing in a western Howard County pasture near Sykesville. Its owner is offering a $1,000 award for information about the shooting.

"If he's still with us in 10 days, then he'll survive," owner Patricia Ann Straat said Friday. She has owned the thoroughbred-Arabian mixed horse, named Machias, for eight years. "The issue now is the possibility of infection. If he survives, the issue will then be how well he can walk."

Dr. Straat -- who lives on a 10-acre farm -- learned about the attack when she called her three horses and donkey to be fed and the injured animal didn't come, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a county police spokesman.

The animal was shot in the left shoulder, but "it's unclear how it came to happen," said Bob Graham, a Maryland Natural Resources Police spokesman. Local and state police are investigating.

"Machias is looking a little better," Dr. Straat said. "He's still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed."

Sergeant Keller said police have no suspects.

Natural Resources Police also are offering a reward to anyone for information that leads to an arrest. To leave information anonymously, call the state's Catch-A-Poacher line at (800) 635-6124.

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