A teenager who surrendered to police over an alleged crossbow shooting of two horses on Wednesday, resulting in the death of a beloved 19-year-old Haflinger mare, was released in line with the Youth Justice Act – a program for youth diversion on weapons and animal cruelty charges.
The 17-year-old boy was arrested and interviewed at the Darwin Police Station on Thursday after authorities seized the crossbow alleged to have been used in the attack on the horses. Officials continue to investigate possible accomplices. According to the NTNews, a second horse was discovered with a similar arrow in his rump just one day after the pony named Pearly was shot and killed.
“This horrible sight greeted one of our young members today when she went to catch her own horse from the paddock at 4pm. Pearl, a gentle and well loved pony who has taught many children to ride and brought happiness to many visitors during her time at FBEC, was found with TWO arrows imbedded in her side. The members are shocked and horrified that someone could be so cruel, evil and stupid. Pearl has been taken to the Vets for surgery and we are awaiting news…
Pearl crossed over the bridge tonight. The arrows were too long and internal damage too vast. RIP Pearly you brought joy to many You didn’t deserve this. Condolences to your people,” had been posted on the Facebook page Fannie Bay Equestrian Club.”
Fannie Bay Equestrian Club believes the quarter horse named Hollywood Hitman may have sustained a six-inch deep wound to his rump on Wednesday night also, but because the arrow worked it’s way out of the horse’s body as he fled in pain, staff members didn’t notice the wound until Thursday morning.
“The blood had dried and hole clotted over … he was in obvious pain,” the Facebook page entry read. “The vet had to open it up to see if part of the shaft was lodged inside.”
Hollywood Hitman and Pearly shared a paddock. On Friday, Pearly was buried:
“RIP Pearly, you brought joy to many. You didn’t deserve this.”
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