TOWN OF LEBANON — A pregnant horse that was sexually assaulted in Waupaca County last month has died.
Police tell WLUK the horse’s owner reported it had died, along with the foal she was carrying, on Saturday December 19th.
The 15-year-old mare was injured from what vets say was a sexual assault.
Sheriff’s officials were called out to a property on Crain Road, in the Township of Lebanon, near New London on November 29th.
The property owner indicated to officials that his horses were acting as though they had been spooked — so he went out to investigate.
That’s when he found one of the horses, a pregnant five-year-old mare, injured and bleeding.
A veterinarian called out to the scene determined the horse had been sexually assaulted.
The owner of the horses says the animals were acting normal late Saturday afternoon, so the assault likely happened late Saturday night, November 28th or early Sunday morning, November 29th.
According to WLUK, the horse’s body was taken to the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at UW-Madison to determine cause of death.
Police have not determined if the death is related to the sexual assault.
Sheriff’s officials said they contacted a person who has a history of sexually assaulting horses, but no one has been arrested in this case.
The incident is still under investigation.
The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone who has any information regarding this incident to call them at (715) 258-4466 or call Waupaca County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-258-9955 or online at waupacacountycrimestoppers.org/.
The Humane Society of the United States is also offering a reward of $5,000 for any information in this case along with assistance in the investigative costs.