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Horses shot at Varian Arabian horse ranch in rural Arroyo Grande

Two horses were shot at the Varian Arabians horse ranch in Arroyo Grande on Wednesday night.

Staffers at the ranch at 1275 Corbett Canyon Road heard multiple gunshots coming from the roadway at 8:30 p.m., according to sheriff's officials. While checking the pasture at 7 the next morning, staff discovered one severely wounded horse and a bullet wound in a second.

The first horse was euthanized by a veterinarian called to the scene. The second is being treated at the facility and is listed in serious condition.

Rural crime unit deputies are asking for the public's help in identifying anyone seen near the facility at the time of the shooting. Tips can be submitted at 781-4550 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers at 549-STOP or at http://slotips.org.

-Larissa Doust

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