A candlight vigil for Choctaw and Lucky, two horses killed on a private Livermore ranch in October, hopes to bring attention to the ongoing investigations for the person(s) responsible.
The East Bay SPCA, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Hoofprints on the Heart host the vigil, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Robertson Park in Livermore. Hundreds of animal lovers are expected to attend.
A reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved has grown to $20,000. The horses were killed during the night of Oct. 21 while at pasture.
The family who owned Choctaw and Lucky are said to be devastated by the tragic loss.
"Choctaw has spent virtually his entire l ife performing in parades and charity events, promoting the Shriners Hospitals for Children and Hoofprints on the Heart Adaptive Riding Center for children with special needs," owner Mike Rountree said. "We had rescued Lucky after he had been living in a terrible situation. He had regained his health and was very happy living with his new herd. This was a senseless and brutal crime that caused so much suffering. Our family is shattered by this event."
East Bay SPCA Executive Director Allison Lindquist urged the public to participate in the vigil.
"We call upon everyone to give Lucky and Choctaw a voice," she said. "Those horses gave so much to the community, and we will not rest until the person responsible for taking their lives is identified and prosecuted."
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Scott Sutherland with the Contra Costa County Sherriff's Department at 313-2654.