Beloved horse shot dead

The Northland Age - - Front Page -

Ke­ri­ana Te Paa had no idea who would shoot a much-loved horse in its pad­dock at Ahipara, or why, but of one thing she had no doubt.

“Some­one will know who did this,” she said.

“Who­ever did it will talk about it. And we want to know who that person is.”

Six-year-old Blue, orig­i­nally from Spir­its Bay, had been a beau­ti­ful, much-loved horse, Ms Te Paa said. He had had no vices and had been pop­u­lar with chil­dren, but had been wary of strangers, so would not have been ap­proach­able by any­one he didn’t know.

He was felled some time on Fri­day morn­ing — a nearby res­i­dent who was awake un­til 1am had not seen or heard any­thing sus­pi­cious be­fore that time — with one bul­let to the heart. Po­lice, who had told the fam­ily that there had been no other re­ports of vi­o­lence against an­i­mals, sus­pected that weapon used was a .22 ri­fle.

Who­ever was re­spon­si­ble, she said, had ob­vi­ously known what they were do­ing, the shot hav­ing been ex­pertly aimed.

The fam­ily had had horses in that road­side pad­dock, just over the bridge on Fore­shore Rd, for 15 or 20 years, Ms Te Paa said, with no trou­ble apart from the oc­ca­sional dog prob­lem. Blue, named for his two blue eyes, had just been moved there, and the first thing the fam­ily did af­ter dis­cov­er­ing what had hap­pened was to move the oth­ers well out of harm’s way.

“I’m ab­so­lutely gut­ted,” she said.

“I just can’t be­lieve it. I was hop­ing, when I heard that he had been shot, that he was just ly­ing down, but he wasn’t.

“Ev­ery­one is wor­ried now. If some­one could do this to Blue, how are they go­ing to pro­tect their horses? But some­one will know who did this, and we re­ally want to know who that person is.”

Blue was felled in his pad­dock with one shot to the heart.

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