Eight horses dead after alleged anti-gay arsonist burns Ohio barn

A barn in Morgan County, Ohio was targeted by an arsonist on Sunday. After someone spray painted “fags are freaks” on the side of a fence surrounding a barn, the barn was torched, killing the eight horses inside of it.

WHIZ News reports:

Seven adult horses and one foal died as a result of an arson fire at 874 West Richards Road in McConnelsville just after 11:30 p.m. on Sunday. Owner Brent Whitehouse said he woke to discover the barn engulfed in flames and immediately called 911, but it was too late.

“I couldn’t get the door open I could still hear the horses kicking and I tried as hard as I could to get them out and I just couldn’t get them out in time,” he said.

Those who know Brent believe this was a hate crime, explicit words relating to his sexuality were spray painted in large white letters on the side of the barn before the fire was started.

“They obviously don’t know him very well, because he’s a sweet-hearted person and how he lives his lifestyle is nobody’s business but his own,” said Friend Bobbie Nelson.

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A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered to help find the person responsible for the fire. Anyone with information on the crime is being urged to call the fire marshal’s office at (800) 589-2728 or the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 962-4044.

Further reading at Fox News >>

4 thoughts on “Eight horses dead after alleged anti-gay arsonist burns Ohio barn”

  1. Disgusting!!!! Innocent animals, how can someone be so cruel??? Everyone is entitled to live the lifestyle in which he/she chooses!!! why can’t people just mind their business???


  2. With any luck this will be prosecuted as a hate crime (for such it obviously is) and the perpetrator (and how I hope they catch him) will be given a heavy sentence instead of the usual little hand slap for arson or animal killing.


  3. I am both saddened and apauled at this, For anyone that hates to this extent is unblieveable???? whomever did this to these horses is a menace to society and is mentaly disturbed……………… and must be removed from society……………………..


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