Family Horse in El Dorado County Shot Multiple Times; Animal Control Investigating

A disturbing case of animal cruelty is being reported in El Dorado County. Red, a family horse, was shot multiple times in the span of just a few months. Now the owners want answers.

Chenoa Calhoun works for Red’s owners on their property in Shingle Springs, exercising the gentle giant almost daily.

Calhoun says the rural El Dorado County neighborhood is typically quiet and peaceful, but now she fears someone is using Red for target practice.

The first incident happened a few months ago. They found Red with an unusual puncture wound.

"We assumed it was something he had just gotten caught on the fence and just happened to puncture him.”

This past week, it happened again, and this time it was worse.

"Yesterday when we found another one, we realized it was from an actual pellet gun," said Calhoun.

Pictures show what appears to be a pellet lodged in his ribcage. Red’s owners have asked not to be identified out of fear of retaliation, but say they believe the bullet is from a large Bore Air Rifle, not a pellet gun.

"It's very strange," Calhoun said. "It’s definitely not a coincidence, and it’s not on accident. There's something going on for sure."

For Calhoun, the incident is unsettling.

In a neighborhood tucked in the hills of El Dorado County, deliberate cruelty such as this is rare.

"You would just hope that people wouldn’t do things like this, because we care about our animals," said Calhoun. "They are family so it's very sad that someone would do something like that."

El Dorado County Animal Control confirms they are investigating the case. There is no suspect at this time.