- Kentucky, USA -
On Monday, December 16, a resident reported that some of his horses had been discovered dead near a strip mining site in Eastern Kentucky after breaking loose from a fenced area.
Floyd County Sheriff’s Office went to the area and found at least 14 dead horses who appeared to have been shot. Among them were colts and pregnant mares.
The Garrett-based nonprofit Dumas Rescue is working side by side with Floyd County Sheriff’s office in the investigation.
CNN reports that Tonya Conn, president of Dumas Rescue said the poor horses were found scattered across a large area off of US 23 near the border of Floyd and Pike counties.
Due to the way they were found it seems they were hunted.
On Thursday, December 19, Dumas Rescue accompanied the veterinarian to perform a field necropsy and it was determined that gunshots were the cause of death of the horses.
USA Today reports that Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt told WYMT: "This is very inhumane, and it's a very cruel act of somebody who just apparently had nothing else to do or whatever, just to go back on a strip job and shoot down horses who were, one of them obviously was feeding, had grass in its mouth." "It looked like a battlefield for just horses."
The reward offered for anyone who has information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible has now been increased to $20,000.
Anyone who has information related to this heinous case is urged to contact the authorities.
*Voice For Us believes that not reporting animal cruelty is the same as committing it!*