ROY (ABC4 Utah News) -Four generations of a Roy family are heartbroken over the senseless killing of their beloved horse named Cinnamon.
The 21 year old mare was found dead in her pasture Saturday with a single gunshot wound to the head.
78 year old Gail Larsen doesn’t know why anyone would want to kill the horse he’d owned for 13 years. Cinnamon was his 4 year old great granddaughter Lydia’s favorite.
“I just give her a hug a lot and just kiss her,” Lydia said Wednesday. “She was my horse and I just really like her.”
“She’d just stand there and could pet her and rub her and pick her up and set her up on the horse,” Gail told ABC4 Utah News. “Just stand there until she wanted to get down or I’d ask her if she was ready to get down so yeah she was a real gentle animal.”
“Somebody just went here and just shot her,” Lydia said. “I don’t know why they shot her.”
Now the family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of whoever did this.
“They said ‘Well would you have any idea who done that?’ and I wished I did,” Gail said. “Maybe it wouldn’t be a good thing because I’d be goin’ after him if I knew it and I’d probably do what they did to the horse to them so it’s probably a good thing I don’t know who it is.”
The reward was increased to $10,000 Wednesday because the Humane Society of Utah is matching the Larsens’ offer.
“It’s a very, almost disgusting act when you come down to it,” the Humane Society’s Deann Shepherd said. “Who would do this to a horse? What were their intentions and why? Those are the questions we want to find out because this person needs help. We need to get them off the street, get them the counseling they need and they need to be held responsible for what they did. “
Now Lydia and her 8 year old sister Addison watch Blackie and Spot graze in the pasture but they can’t stop thinking about Cinnamon.
“She’s a really gentle horse and I really liked her a lot,” Lydia said. “I just miss her.”
Detective Josh Taylor of the Roy Police Department told ABC4 Utah News they have no solid leads in the case.