Animal rescue workers have saved a pregnant mare and her colt from an abandoned strip mine site in eastern Kentucky where 20 horses were recently found fatally shot over a period of six days. The two rescued horses have been taken to a local equine humane society.The two horses were rescued Friday night by Dumas Rescue and law enforcement. Lori Redmon, the humane society’s president and CEO, told The Associated Press the colt is doing fine but the mare is thin and stressed.
“She was sweating and her breathing was labored, so our primary concern was getting her stabilized and relaxed,” she said. “She is heavy in foal and we didn’t want her to go into premature labor due to stress.”
Dumas Rescue posted a video of the two horses on Facebook, saying, “I feel like we have closed a door on their past and Kentucky Humane Society Equine CARE has opened a door to their future.”
The fatally shot horses were found along U.S. 23 near the border between Pike and Floyd counties in eastern Kentucky. Of the 20 horses found dead [ ], two were pregnant and five belonged to nearby residents. The others are believed to have been wild horses that frequented the abandoned strip mine. Law enforcement believes they were hunted with a low-caliber rifle.
“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,” Sheriff John Hunt said. “It looked like a battlefield for just horses.”
Officials are currently offering a reward of over $20,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for killing the horses.
FLOYD COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE
Ph: (606) 886-6711
PIKE COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE
Ph: (606) 432-6260