WEATHERFORD (CBSDFW.COM) — A horse was shot and killed in Parker County on March 17 and now a $5,000 reward is being offered for information in the case.

According to Parker County Sheriff’s, deputies were called out to a pasture in the 100 block of Trinity Ranch Road in Weatherford where the owner of a horse named “Pete” said his animal had been shot. When they arrived they found the 10-year-old gelding paint horse lying near a fence post alive, but with distressed breathing.

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(credit: Parker County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators later found bullet fragments in the fence post near Pete, who was a retired roping horse.

A veterinarian was called to the scene but the injuries from the gunshot were too great and Pete was humanely euthanized.

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“We hope someone will come forward and do the right thing in reporting the name(s) of the suspect(s). The Parker County Sheriff’s Office takes animal cruelty cases seriously<” said Sheriff Russ Authier.

In addition to the $5,000 reward being offered by the Sheriff’s Office, Parker County Crime Stoppers is offering up to an additional $1,000 reward for information in the case. Tipsters can remain anonymous when calling Crime Stoppers at 817-599-5555.

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Anyone who knows the identity of the shooter/shooters can contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office directly at 817-594-8845. Staff