Police are appealing for information after a horse in the United States was shot and killed with an arrow.

The chestnut quarter horse, named Bunny, was attacked last Tuesday (4 October).

Bunny had been kept at a yard on Prospect Street in Barre, Vermont.

Barre City Police Department Police is now investigating.

“Evidence at the scene showed that a person or persons had intentionally shot and killed a quarter horse with an arrow,” a police spokesman told H&H.

“This appears to be an intentional act of aggravated cruelty to a domestic animal and felony unlawful mischief.”

The spokesman explained that Bunny was popular among the local community.

“Bunny has been a long time fixture in the Central Vermont equestrian community and many Central Vermonters have learned to ride and care for horses because of Bunny,” he added.

“Central Vermont Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or person(s) responsible for this crime.”

Anyone with more information is urged to contact the Barre City Police Department at 802 476-6613 or they can submit a tip online through the following link: http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit

Racehorse shot in field

In July, horseandhound.co.uk reported that a former racehorse had been shot in the head while turned out in the field.

Woolfall Treasure was found dead by staff at Kemnal Manor Stables, near Chislehurst, southeast London, on 8 July.

The 11-year-old grey gelding, who won eight races before his retirement in 2013, had been kept at the yard on livery by Myra McKenna for just over a year.

He had only been turned out for the second day on Friday, having recovered from an injury.