Central Oregon: 2 horses die violent deaths; 1 fatally shot, 1 attacked by pit bulls


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PRINEVILLE, Oregon — Central Oregon authorities have been called to investigate the violent deaths of two horses — one tied to a tree and shot east of Prineville and the other fatally attacked by two escaped pit bulls in La Pine.

Crook County sheriff's officers say they're looking for whoever shot the horse along U.S. Highway 26. KTVZ reports that a state Transportation Department worker found the horse's remains Thursday afternoon. Sheriff's Sgt. James Savage says the horse did not appear to have been ill.

Deschutes County sheriff's officers say a La Pine resident has been cited for injuring livestock and having an animal nuisance. KTVZ reports that Lt. Mark Eggert says the two dogs attacked a 27-year-old mustang-quarter horse cross early Wednesday. The mare was owned by Richard Beck of La Pine. Beck says he fired a warning shot but one dog continued to attack so he shot and killed it. The other dog ran off but was later caught and surrendered by the owner to a humane society.

Eggert says the horse was so badly injured she had to be euthanized.

Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/

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