BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Three teenagers have been indicted in connection with shooting and killing several horses in Boyd County, Ky.
Five horses were shot in January. They all died from their injuries, or had to be put down.
The shootings happened in the Durbin and Burnaugh areas of Boyd County, near the Lawrence County line.
Shortly after the shootings, three people were arrested in connection with the crimes. They were recently indicted by a grand jury in Boyd County.
Travis Thompson, 18, of Ashland, Cody A. Hicks, 17, of Ashland, and Corey S. Shannon, 18, of Catlettsburg, have all been indicted in the case.
All three are being charged as adults.
Commonwealth Attorney David Justice tells WSAZ.com the teens shot the horses as a game and since they used a small rifle, the animals suffered.
Thompson and Hicks are charged with criminal mischief, which is a felony.
Shannon is charged with complicity to commit criminal mischief, a felony, and cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor.
The criminal mischief charges carry a five year prison sentence. The animal cruelty charge carries a sentence of up to one year in jail.
All three are expected to be in court later this month.
Justice tells WSAZ.com he would not be surprised if more charges are filed in the case before it goes to trial.