TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting of a circus elephant in Tupelo has risen again.
Wedneeday afternoon, the Performing Animal Welfare Society offered an additional $2,500.
That brings the total reward offered to $23,750.
Tupelo police say Carol, a 39-year-old performing elephant with the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, was shot around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning in a staging area outside the BancorpSouth Arena.
She is expected to recovery from a gunshot wound to the neck.
She will be kept under veterinary care in Springfield, Missouri for the next few weeks to recover.
PAWS officials call the act reprehensible and say it is a complete disregard for life.PAWS provides a sanctuary for elephants who are retired from performing.