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More dead horses found in Northern Arizona. Reward for info leading to arrest raised to $35K

Horse advocates now say 25 horses have been found shot to death in Northern Arizona.

ALPINE, Ariz. — Horse advocates say the number of horses found shot to death is now at 25 after they found another ten carcasses in the forest near Alpine, AZ.

Last week the number was at 15.

Simone Netherlands, leader of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, has been leading the effort to find and identify the horse's remains. 

She said in addition to the 25 confirmed dead, there are 25 more that are missing. 

"We logged them as missing because we would see one horse dead out of that group," she said. 

Netherlands said she doesn't expect to find the missing horses alive, which would make 50 horses shot and killed.

Because of a long-standing argument over whether these horses are "wild" or feral, horse advocates have logged 350 out of the approximately 400 horses in that area, Netherlands said, which is how they've identified the 25 that went missing. 

“We have to fight for these horses, Netherlands said, "and it's literally a battle for their protection so that we can have this piece of very important Arizona history left.”

The horses have all been shot, Netherlands said. Many have been shot in the body or neck and between the eyes. 

The reward for information that leads to a conviction has also been raised to $35,000. 

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