Who, age What Where When Last known address
Unknown killing & mutilating a horse

Jackson, NE

Dakota County

September 11, 2002  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
    1 8-year-old quarter horse Open  

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing and mutilating a horse in Jackson, Nebraska. The Siouxland Humane Society and concerned citizens have posted $2,000, bringing the total reward to $4,000.

On the morning of September 11, Dan McCarthy found his eight-year-old quarter horse, Frosty, dead on his farm on McCarthy Lane in Jackson. The perpetrator(s) had mutilated the horse, cutting off his penis, testicles and anus.

“The killing and deliberate dismemberment of this horse is very disturbing,” said Arnold Baer, acting director of The HSUS Midwest Regional Office. “You don’t have to be Freud to realize that the person who did this has some very serious problems. Until this person is caught, he or she poses a continued threat to other animals, and even a potential threat to people.”

Animal protection organizations and law enforcement alike, including the FBI, have long known about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence. Many criminals, from young school shooters to the most notorious serial killers, have had a history of cruelty to animals. The HSUS First Strike™ campaign raises public awareness about the correlation between animal cruelty and violence towards people while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families.

According to Nebraska law, a person convicted on charges of animal cruelty could face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Dakota County Sheriff James Wagner at 402-987-2170.