Six Heber wild horses were found mortally shot in the first week of January 2007 near Pinedale, AZ. Another was seen limping with a wound in his side and was believed to have been the seventh victim of the same shooting spree. In August of 2006 a young wild stallion had been found fatally shot in the Pinedale area. All the victims were unbranded, free-roaming horses in the Sitgreaves National Forest therefore they were under the protection of the December 2005 preliminary injunction.
The Animal Defense Council (ADC); Animal Welfare Institute (AWI); International Society for the Protection of Mustangs & Burros (ISPMB); Humane Society of the United States (HSUS); Tucson horse advocates; residents across Arizona; and In Defense of Animals joined together to offer the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the shooting deaths of at least 7 wild horses in the Sitgreaves. To date no arrests have been made.