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Corrales seeks justice for slaughtered Welsh pony

Rocky, a 10-year-old pony, was killed in his pen in Corrales last week. (Source: Crime Stoppers)

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It’s not the kind of crime one expects in the sleepy, pastoral village of Corrales, where the posted speed limit on the main road through town is a casual 30 mph.

Nevertheless, early last Thursday, a family was devastated to find that during the night someone had entered their property on Cabezon Road, walked into a pen and stabbed a 10-year-old Welsh pony named Quicksilver Rock Star, or “Rocky.”

The animal was then butchered and parts of his body removed, said Lt. David Wiley of the Corrales Police Department.

Carrie Bryan Atkins, who owned Rocky, posted a notice on her Facebook page saying “my beautiful pony was murdered in his stall” and then “cut up for meat.” She asked people who may have information to contact her or the Corrales Police Department. Her notice received 314 comments and was shared 1,000 times.

Corrales police officers canvassed the area, “but nobody saw or heard anything,” Wiley said. The investigation has been turned over to the New Mexico Livestock Board, “which has more experience with these types of situations,” Wiley said.

A flyer released by Albuquerque Metropolitan Crime Stoppers described Rocky as a champion fence-jumping pony who won honors at the Welsh Pony Nationals. “His real calling was a pleasure riding pony whose calm disposition and curious nature stole everyone’s heart,” the flyer said.

Crime Stoppers, and Corrales Horse And Mule People New Mexico (CHAMP New Mexico) are offering a $5,000 reward and asking people with information to call 505-843-STOP.

CHAMP New Mexico posted photos of Atkins riding Rocky and jumping fences. The organization also started a GoFundMe page, “Justice for Rocky,” and has already raised nearly $3,500 of its $5,000 goal.

Neighbor Mary Sue Walsh said the entire Corrales community “is just reeling.” Neighbors created a memorial, placing flowers in a fence by Rocky’s pen.

“I’ve been here 30 years and I have horses, and nothing like this has ever happened,” Walsh said. “We have coyotes that have killed chickens, but not this. … It’s just horrible. The whole community is devastated and lots of people here have horses.”

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