11/18/2014 03:59 EST | Updated 01/18/2015 05:59 EST

RCMP say horse shot northeast of Edmonton, doesn't appear to be hunting mishap

ST. MICHAEL, Alta. - RCMP are investigating after someone shot a horse northeast of Edmonton.

Police say the horse was in a pasture near the community of St. Michael when it was hit in the torso by a bullet.

The animal is recovering from the wound.

RCMP say it appears the shooter was deliberately trying to harm the horse and there are no indications that it was a hunting accident.

Residents of the area have reported seeing people shooting a gun from inside a pickup truck on the road.

Police say injuring animals is a Criminal Code offence that carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail.