Incident happened in Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest

State and local authorities are looking for the person, or persons, responsible for striking a horse with an arrow and later put down because of injury Oct. 28 in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, the lead agency of the investigation, authorities were called to the scene at about 3:15 p.m. for a report of a horse with an arrow lodged in one of its legs, just above the hoof.

“The rider was not injured. This occurred south of Palmyra in Jefferson County on state forest land, near Viele Lane,” the DNR said.

The DNR said wardens, along with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and members of Palmyra Public Safety responded the scene.

The DNR did not release any further information related to the incident.

Tara LeRoy, a fellow rider, set up a GoFundMe page to help owner, Lisa Schreiber, of Jefferson, with medical costs and other associated expenses.

“The arrow pierced the horse’s artery and a tendon. Due to the large amount of damage and blood loss caused by the injury, the horse – named Sam – was humanely euthanized.”

The person responsible for the injury fled the scene and remains at-large as of Monday evening.

LeRoy, meanwhile, said the loss of Sam left a hole in Schreirer’s heart and looks to help.

“Your donations can help cover an unexpected vet bill and help in her search for a new four-legged partner to fill the void created by the loss of her beloved horse,” LeRoy wrote.

The GoFundMe page, as of Nov. 3, has brought in $1,385 in donations. People interested in helping with the costs can visit the page here: www.gofundme.com.

In the meantime, the DNR has strongly urged people with information to come forward, according to a news release.

“Lt. John Sinclair of the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement asks anyone with any information, no matter how small it may seem, to please call the DNR Violation Hotline 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367,” the DNR stated.

 
 

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