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Reward increased to $12,500 in case of poisoned horses

August 4, 2009 |  1:35 pm

The Humane Society of the United States has added $2,500 to the $10,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for poisoning 23 horses at a stable in Rancho Santa Fe.

Someone entered the stable of Rockridge Farm late last week and fed toxic oleander leaves mixed with apples and carrots to the horses, according to the San Diego County's Sheriff's Department.

All 23 horses have received veterinary care and are expected to survive. The original $10,000 reward was offered by the stable owners.

"Those who abuse animals can be dangerous to people, and Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world," said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States.

Anyone with information can call (888) 580-8477.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego