Police in Barre, Vermont, are seeking whoever fatally shot a horse using a bow and arrow.

Barre City Police Chief Timothy J. Bombadier, said officers responded to an Oct. 5 report from an owner that sometime during the night, someone used a bow and arrow to shoot a Quarter Horse in a pasture near Barre City. The horse bled out and died as a result of its wound, he said.

Bombadier said the horse was shot intentionally.

“Even though it is bow season in Vermont, this occurred in the dark, in the middle of the night,” Bombadier said. “In no way was this a hunting accident.”

Another horse located in the same pasture was unhurt, he said.

If caught, those responsible could face animal cruelty and felony unlawful mischief charges.

An undisclosed reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the incident, Bombadier said. Anyone with information should call the Barre City Police Department at 802/476-6613 or provide information online at vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.