When a family pet dies, it can be difficult for the humans to deal with.
But imagine if your pet were tortured and killed.
That's what happened to a miniature horse belonging to a Bottineau family.
Gary Brode reports on the incident, and the reaction to what happened.
David Boppre lives a quiet life as a grandfather and Hobby Farmer, but the murder of his beloved miniature-horse "Bad Boy" has changed that.
He considered "Bad Boy" a four-legged member of the family,
His grandchildren grew quite attached.
So when Bad Boy was horrifically killed last month, it was hard to handle.
(David Boppre, Hobby Farmer) "The hardest part was to get a hold of the grand kids and let them know that Bad Boy went to a greener pasture in the sky.
According to Boppre, he saw footprints on the road from what he believes were from his 9 year old miniature horse.
Those prints were tracked on the road for what Boppre estimates was about a mile.
But it didn't end there.
(David Boppre, Hobby Farmer) "They tied a rope or something to his halter, drug him down to the road until they finally killed him. There was no hair left on the back sides. Everything was gone on the one side of the face. I'm not even going to describe it, it was just too gross.
But who would do such a thing?
Bottineau County Sheriff's department says they have 4 or 5 leads in their effort to solve the crime.
Sheriff Steve Watson grew up on a farm and knows how important an animal can be to a family.
(Steven Watson, Sheriff, Bottineau County) "When someone does this to an animal, it's just wrong. My guys, we are going to continue on until the end. We are not going to stop and we are going to find out who did this."
To help cope with the loss of Bad Boy, a family from Dunseith donated a miniature-horse to David and his grandchildren, an act he says "came out of the goodness of their hearts."
Boppre continues to be overwhelmed by the kindness he has received.
(David Boppre, Hobby Farmer) "It brings tears to your eyes, it's unbelievable how nice people are. I know all we are hear on the radio or the TV and whatever are the bad stories, there is a lot of wonderful people out there."
In Bottineau, Gary Brode, KX News.
If you or anyone you know may have information about the case please contact the Bottineau Sheriff's Department.
To donate to the reward for catching those involved, a fund has been set up at First National Bank in Bottineau.
Boppre says if the reward is not claimed after three years, it will go to the St. Jude Children's Center.