Ada man offering reward after daughter’s mini-horse shot, killed

Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 6:41 PM CDT
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ADA, Oklahoma (KXII) - A Pontotoc County man is offering up a cash reward after he says someone came onto his ranch Tuesday, and shot his daughter’s mini horse.

It’s a horse the family says they’ve had for 17 years.

“I got home yesterday after work to find her shot,” said Chad Estes, owner of Estes Cattle Company.

He says the last time he saw Annie, his daughter’s mini horse, was around 6 p.m. Monday. When he returned from work Tuesday night, Annie wasn’t moving.

“Somebody had shot her at very close range, it wasn’t from the road. They walked up to her and shot her,” Estes said.

Estes couldn’t believe what he was seeing.

“Who shoots animals? Who shoots somebody’s horse and a mini horse at that,” said Estes.

Ranching has been in the Estes family for decades, since the ’50s. He says after inheriting the farm from his grandparents, he’s enjoyed sharing his love for animals.

In fact, he says the only reason they have Zebras is because his daughter asked him for one.

“We raise exotic animals, we try and keep them accessible for people around here -they’re a little bit different,” Estes said. “We like people to see them, but now that’s all changed. We’ve pulled them all back. Kind of rolled up the red carpet.”

Now, he’s installing cameras, in hopes of catching the person responsible.

“No questioned asked. If you hear anything, know anyone, hear anyone talking about it. I’ve got cash in my pocket. Let’s find out who done this,” said Estes.

Estes took to Facebook, offering $5,500 for anyone who knows anything, and an additional $5,000 for a conviction.

“I don’t know. It’s kind of a sign of the times now,” Estes said. “Everything you hear about happening, is now happening to you now. What do you do?”

Estes says his daughter is on vacation in Florida with her mom, and he’ll have to break the news to her in person when she returns later this week.

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