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EAGLE -- A horse was shot today in a pasture in a residential part of Eagle.

Eagle Police say the owners of the 20-year-old horse saw him lying in the pasture and thought he was just sick. When they came out, they saw that he had been shot in the shoulder.

The veterinarian who responded said the horse was unable to be saved because it had lost too much blood and was in shock.

Police say the area in which the horse was shot indicates that it was an intentional act and that it's unlikely a hunter or recreational shooter hit the horse accidentally.

Police urge anyone with information to contact Ada County dispatch at 377-6790

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