The mystery unfolded off of Gray's Run Road in Spencer County after a white half Arabian horse was found shot to death.
Judy Shircliffe riding Faith
Sgt. Scott Herndon
COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky is a state known for loving its horses so it's
unimaginable that one would be shot to death for no reason, but that might be
what happened in one local community.
is still coyote hunting season in the Commonwealth, but investigators believe
the person who shot this horse knows what they did.
kind of an unusual situation," said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Scott
mystery unfolded off of Gray's Run Road in Spencer County after a white half
Arabian horse was found shot to death.
sadness, heartbroken, concerned all of those things," said Judy
Shircliffe. Those are the emotions she is experiencing after she discovered her
beloved horse named Faith last week on top of a hill in a remote section of
it was an accident, let somebody call me and tell him we were shooting at
coyotes, maybe had a stray round," said Shircliffe. "If it's not,
it's more concerning because no one shoots horses. We're a horse state."
contacted Kentucky Fish and Widlife. While the law enforcement division
normally doesn't investigate domestic animal cases, because it could be linked
to hunting Herndon went to check it out.
be sure the next day I contacted a local veterinarian and asked him to go to
the area with me, which we did and he confirmed what I thought also that it had
been shot with some type of gun," said Herndon.
said in 24 years she has never had any problems with hunters in the area.
"It defies understanding and I think it does with everyone involved,"
now Shircliffe is keeping her horses closer to home, but she does eventually
want to let them roam again, just hoping she does get answers.
someone do it intentionally, was it in retaliation for something or a malicious
act? Or if it was an accident, they would like to know that and things
sometimes happen," said Herndon.
is offering a reward for information about her horse's death. Call Kentucky
Fish and Wildlife at (502) 492-3166.
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