WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ore — A horse named Jasper was found shot in Washington County on June 3 and authorities believe the shooting was intentional.
A community member reached out to the Washington County Sheriff's Office and offered a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible. The Oregon Humane Society has also offered a $500 reward for the same information.
Jasper was grazing in a pasture near 32657 SW Reidweg Road, south of Cornelius, when he was wounded, deputies said. Several bullet casings were found on the road near the pasture.
Jasper continues to recover. He had surgery to remove a bullet from his thigh, but a bullet deemed too risky to remove remains lodged in his neck.
Sheriff's deputies believe the shooting happened between 8 p.m. on June 2 and 8 a.m. on June 3.
Based on where his wounds were, investigators believe the 9-year-old horse probably ran away after being shot once, and the perpetrator fired again. There were also bullet holes in a nearby fence.
“This isn’t something we come across often, or ever. This is malicious and disturbing,” said Sgt. Danny DiPietro with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Kelly Nelson said she checked on Jasper on the morning of June 3 and found him with puncture wounds "in random places."
“I’m disturbed. It makes me sick inside to think someone saw a horse in a pasture and fired shots without thinking beyond that,” she said.
Jasper's owner is still in disbelief.
“For someone to intentionally hurt your horse, something you cherish, it’s like your child. It’s messed up,” said Geneva Lieser.
Anyone with information about the person or people who shot Jasper is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.