Authorities are searching for a vehicle that hit a horse earlier this week, resulting in the animal being put down.

At around 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning deputies with the Gage County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to reports of a horse laying on the side of the road near Linden Road and Highway 77, roughly five miles south of Beatrice.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, deputies arrived on location to discover a horse had been struck and was laying in the west shoulder. Attempts were made to locate the owner of the animal with no success.

Deputies conducted a scene investigation and gathered vehicle debris and roadway evidence to reconstruct the collision.

Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson” said the horse was in “so much misery” it had to be put down before an owner was located.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 402-223-5221.

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