Bottineau County, N.D., law enforcement authorities hope the public can help them find and arrest whoever is responsible for the dragging death of a Shetland Pony last month.

Bottineau County Sheriff Steven Watson said that on Sept. 24, sheriff’s department personnel responded to a call from the pony’s owner that the animal was missing. Deputies later found the pony along a nearby roadside, Watson said.

The animal was allegedly chased, then tied to a truck, and dragged until it was dead, he said.

“Whoever did this then put the horse in the truck and dumped it in a ditch alongside the road,” Watson said.

Whoever is responsible for the horse’s death will be charged with felony animal cruelty, he said.

Watson said that the North Dakota Stockman’s Association has posted a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the animal’s death; in a written statement, the Humane Society of the United States said the organization was offering a $5,000 for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the incident.

“Right now we have no leads, even though we have had a couple of calls about the case since the reward was posted,” Watson said. “Believe me, I’d like to catch whoever did this.”

Anyone with any information about the case should call Watson at 701/228-2740.

“We keep all calls confidential,” he said.