Deputies are searching for whoever shot and killed a horse in Lenoir County.
Sheriff Chris Hill is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
According to investigators, the horse was shot in the head and killed on Johnnie Tyndall's farm at 4046 Live Oak Hog County Road in Deep Run. The animal was alive in the pasture on the night of Sept. 13. But Tyndall found the horse dead at about 9:30 a.m. the next day, investigators said.
"It was a very cruel person who did this," Tyndall told NewsChannel 12.
Tyndall said his family was home when the shooter sneaked onto their property and killed the 14-year-old horse named Maggie. The animal was like a member of the family, Tyndall said.
"This is a case of sadistic evil and I want the suspect to experience the full weight of the justice system," said Sheriff Hill.
The pasture Maggie was on was approximately a quarter-mile off the road.
Anyone with information can contact the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office at (252) 559-6140 or submit an anonymous tip through www.lenoircountysheriff.com.