Horse shot and killed two days after it was bought

Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 2-year-old filly was shot dead in its corral in Kenai, two days after its owner brought it home.

Suzanne Bender bought the horse, named Calibrated Roulette, for $4,000 and put it in a corral bordering her home.

The horse was likely shot with a .223-caliber rifle sometime between 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Sgt. Sonny Sabala said the horse was struck once in the right shoulder, the bullet piercing both lungs and the heart.

''It was really deliberate,'' Sabala said. ''It wasn't an accidental thing, shooting at a tree and hitting the horse. It was hitting right where you want to hit a large animal and put it down.''

Bender and her boyfriend, Dan Phelps, found the animal lying stiff in its corral around 9 a.m. Sunday. Neither had heard any unusual noises overnight.

Neighbors told troopers that shots rang out in the middle of the night and they also heard a car driving away.

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