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Update: Reward offered in case of Dunn County horse attack


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A Dunn County woman is hoping a reward will help as she searches for answers after her horse was attacked.

Tammy Dahlby's horse Leo was staying at a facility near Colfax when he was led into an office area and abused. A local veterinarian made attempts to save the horse, but those were unsuccessful. Thanks to fundraising events, Tammy is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. The Dunn County Sheriff's Department says it's investigating the case. You are urged to call the sheriff's department at (715) 232-1348 if you can help in any way.


Baldwin (WQOW) - Horse owners rallied around one of their own Sunday. A fundraiser was held in Baldwin for the owner of a one-year-old horse. The horse was put down recently after an attack. The Dunn County Sheriff's Department is still investigating what happened.

"If it was my animal, I honestly don't know how I'd deal with it," said Kelsey Turek, who teaches horse riding lessons in Hudson.

Less than two weeks after an Elk Mound woman lost her prized stallion Leo, she gained the support of horse owners around the world.

"I've gotten personal messages and e-mails from a lady in Massachusetts, some people in Kentucky, Texas...even from Australia and even had messages from Africa," said Tammy Dahlby, whose horse Leo was put down on July 16th, 2013.

With riders wearing special shirts, a fundraiser was held Sunday to bring the horse owning community together.

"Any of my lesson students that didn't have weekend plans, everybody dropped everything to come out and support Tammy. You see all the same people at shows; you get to know people throughout the summer doing various horse events. Some people may think that they're just livestock, but we create such bonds with these animals, they all have their own personalities, their own quirks," explained Turek.

Leo had to be put down after suffering injuries he sustained when he was led from his stall to an office, where he eventually fought his way through a wall to break free. The story led an Eau Claire man to take action.

"I was just blown away that anyone could do such a thing to such a beautiful animal, and I wanted to help in some way," said Justin Dancing Hawk, an artist from Eau Claire.

His artwork was part of a silent auction at the event, which will be giving all money raised back to Tammy.

"Routine vet care can get expensive as it is, and then to have something as tragic as what happened to Leo come up...she fought for quite a while to try and keep her baby basically alive," said Kelly Neidermyer, who helped set up the event as St. Croix Saddle Riders Club Treasurer.

In addition to helping Tammy with her veterinary costs, money raised at the show will be offered up as a reward for more information on the incident.

"Someone had to have seen a vehicle or know something about what happened that day so we can get some sort of closure on this whole situation and let people just move on from there," Neidermyer said.

"I can't express my gratitude enough to all the people, and all the friends and family that have come together to support me and help me and encourage me and just be a part of this event," Dahlby added.

Close to 75 exhibitors were there for the event, which raised about $3,000.


Elk Mound (WQOW) - Area horse owners hope to help an Elk Mound woman whose horse was brutalized.

Tammy Dahlby's horse Leo was attacked earlier this month. The spooked horse broke through a solid wall and flipped over a six foot fence. It had to be put down.

Now, area horse owners are holding a horse show this weekend to help raise money. The show is a competition for area riders to display their skills in both English and Western disciplines.

They hope to raise enough to cover thousands of dollars in vet bills and have enough left over for a reward for information leading to an arrest.

The Fight for Leo horse show will be Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. The grounds are located south of Baldwin at the intersection of Highway 63 and County N.

Click here for more information on the Fight for Leo horse show.


Elk Mound (WQOW) - There's an investigation underway in Dunn County, after a horse was attacked. An elk mound woman says she's heartbroken and left searching for answers.

"He was just a year old, he just had a sweet nature and a kind heart," said Tammy Dahlby, Silhouette Farm Appaloosas in Elk Mound.

This is 24 year old Rocky, the stallion at Silhouette Farm Appaloosas in Elk Mound. Leo was set to be the next stallion for the farm, but everything changed last weekend.

"My family and I were at Lifefest, which is a Christian music festival, and my trainer was at a horse show, so the barn was unattended at the time," explained Dahlby.

The horse was staying at a facility near Colfax. After the trainer returned, he immediately called his friend Tammy.

"What he told me over the phone was that it looked like he had been hit by a car and had road rash. He had no hair on his face, on his four legs he had several cuts and abrasions, and he could not move, he could not walk," Dahlby said.

She says the horse was taken from his stall and led into an office area.

"They put him in there, and then did something to him, abusing him or scaring him into the back corner until he destroyed everything in the back corner. And then out of fear, fought his way through a solid wall, through electrical wires, and flipped over a fence, a six foot fence," Dahlby said.

After attempting to treat the horse for a variety of internal injuries with limited success, Tammy was forced to make the difficult decision of putting Leo down.

"Leo was kind of....Leo was by dream baby. I had 23 babies before I had him trying to get that perfect one to carry on my lineage and to carry on my dream of raising Appaloosa horses. With Leo went my hopes and my dreams of a future in the horse industry. I mean Leo was that one, so at this point I've just kind of given up," said Dahbly.

The Dunn County Sheriff's Department says it's investigating and does have several suspects. Call the sheriff's department at (715) 232-1348 if you can help in the case.

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