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UPDATE: Three People Arrested for Boyd County Horse Shootings

By: Olivia Fecteau Email
By: Olivia Fecteau Email

UPDATE 1/4/14 @ 1:08 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Three people have been caught in connection with shooting horses in Boyd County, Ky.

Boyd County Sheriff Terry Keelin tells WSAZ.com that his deputies caught three people Friday night and that two of them confessed to the crime.

All four horses that have been reported shot either died immediately or had to be put down. All of the owners live in the Durbin and Burnaugh areas of Boyd County, near the Lawrence County line.

Tammy Hanshaw, the owner of two of the horses, said Friday that she didn't know who would do this to "innocent horses" or for what reason.

“How would somebody or why would somebody do something like this?” Hanshaw said. “These horses – they weren't hurting anybody. They were fenced in and they were our family pets.”

She added, “You want a reason for why someone would do something like this and we just can't find any.”

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/3/14 @ 6:15 p.m.
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Two families are upset and shocked after finding their horses shot and killed.

It happened this week in Boyd County, Ky. Neither family knows who shot the horses or why. The Boyd County Sheriff tells WSAZ.com they are investigating but have no leads or information as to why this happened.

“She was our baby,” Tammy Hanshaw said, patting her dead horse Sugar as she lay on her side in the snow. “Ready to cry, you know. It's just heart-wrenching.”

Hanshaw said her adult sons heard noises outside about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

“Something didn't look right on the hill [near the horses’ field],” Hanshaw said. “Something was laying up there, and they noticed the horses wasn't here.”

The family found Sugar, the female horse, dead and said she had been shot in the chest. Bo, the older male horse, was still alive and had been shot in the stomach. Hanshaw’s son had to put the horse down.

“He was just soaking wet and suffering so we had to put him down,” Hanshaw said.

With no idea who did this or why, Hanshaw said she is distraught over what happened but also concerned for her family’s safety.

“How would somebody or why would somebody do something like this?” Hanshaw said. “These horses – they weren't hurting anybody. They were fenced in and they were our family pets.”

She added, “You want a reason for why someone would do something like this and we just can't find any.”

Another horse owner lives a few miles away and took his female horse to the veterinarian in West Liberty, Ky. Friday because she was also shot and paralyzed in her back legs. He told WSAZ.com the horse had to be put down because the bullet was lodged in her spine. He is offering $10,000 as a reward for any information.

The Boyd County Sheriff says they are investigating but do not have any leads at this time. The county game warden is also investigating.

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