‘It looked like a battlefield’: Pregnant horses among 15 fatally shot in Kentucky

by Editorial Team

At least 15 horses were found shot to death this week at an abandoned strip mine site in eastern Kentucky, an act authorities have described as inhumane and cruel.

Some of them were as young as 1 year old while others were pregnant, CBS affiliate WYMT reported on Tuesday.

“It looked like a battlefield for just horses,” Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt told the station, noting that at least one of them was feeding and still had grass in its mouth.

The animals were found scattered over an area along U.S. 23, near the Floyd and Pike County line. It appears the horses were hunted and shot with a low-caliber rifle, according to the sheriff’s office.

“This is very inhumane and it’s a very cruel act of somebody who just apparently had nothing else to do,” Hunt said.

No one has been arrested in the case, but authorities said the shooter or shooters responsible for the killings would face animal cruelty charges. A $500 reward is being offered for information on possible suspects.

The killings have sparked outrage among animal advocates in the region and across the country.

“We are being contacted by wonderful people willing to donate to the reward resulting in the capture and conviction of the person or persons responsible,” animal rescue group Dumas Rescue, which is assisting authorities with the investigation, said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

“At this time we are all reeling from the effects this horrendous scene has had on our group and the investigating officers,” the post reads. “Please keep us in your prayers.”

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