Yesterday (Sunday) at approximately 9 a.m. the Yakima County Sheriff's Office was alerted to a shooting incident in which four horses were shot.
The incident occurred in the area of Hudson and Price roads near Outlook. One horse was discovered to be dead and another was seriously injured. He was not suspected to survive the shooting.
Two other horses were both shot one time apiece, according to the sheriff's report. Those animals are expected to survive their wounds.
Deputies believed the shooting occurred sometime Saturday night, leaving two more horses uninjured.
Yakima County Sheriff's Sergeant Robert Udell said, "The malicious and senseless shooting of the animals greatly affected the horse owners. Not only did the act result in a monetary loss to the owners, but there is a personal loss that cannot be quantified."
He said all the horses were valued as riding horses and have been used with youth groups.
The crime is being investigated as vandalism and cruelty to animals.
Any information leading to suspects in the investigation can be directed to the Yakima County Sherriff's Office by calling 509-574-2500.