CRAIG - After more than 3 decades on his ranch near the western slope town of Craig, Glenn Gariner has seen his share of life and death from nature. He's never seen cruelty from the hands of man like that against his horse Cricket.
""But the death that just happened to my mare should have never happened," said Gariner.
After a long 4th of July weekend spent mostly at work and away from his ranch, Glenn was back at home mowing his pasture when he saw the family horse on the ground. She had been killed by someone who hobbled her back legs, tying them together and then tying the horse to a fence where she was left for days under the sun.
"It's real cruel to be tied up to a post for days and starve to death and thirst to death out there," said Gariner.
Investigators with the Moffatt County Sheriff's Department say they have never seen animal cruelty like that. Neither has Glenn.
"I want to catch the people who are responsible," said Gariner.
He's offering $500 to whoever gives the police information that leads to an arrest and conviction of whoever killed his horse.
He says they didn't just take away an animal, they took a special member of his family.
"I raised this horse for 16 years. She raised my kids and is raising my grandkids and never hurt a soul," said Gariner.
If you have information that could help in the case you call contact Moffatt County investigator Gary Nichols at 970-824-4495.
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