Over two dozen wild horses that roam an area of Straight Creek known as Dingo are reportedly dead.
Marcella Chadwick, CEO of the Harlan County Humane Society, said a total of 28 horses had been discovered dead as of Friday afternoon.“People that live over there keep us informed as to what’s going on with the horses because we’re kind of over them (the horses) now,” said Chadwick. “They called me this morning and they’ve found mares and foals that have been shot and just left. They’re dead. It’s been probably two days ago when they were shot.”
Chadwick said the Humane Society is offering a reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing the horses. “We’re doing a $3,000 reward,” said Chadwick. Chadwick said the reward will be paid upon conviction. “They can’t just come and tell me, they’ve got to be willing to go to court,” said Chadwick.Chadwick said the horses appear to have been shot with a firearm powerful enough to go all the way through the animals.
“We fought tooth and nail to keep those horses from going to slaughter,” said Chadwick.A previous report states the horses were the center of a disagreement between the Harlan County Humane Society and Sequoia Energy over whether the horses would have to be moved from the Dingo area they have occupied for decades.“The only way we can stop this is if the public helps us,” said Chadwick. “It’s a cruel, sick thing for somebody to do. Some of the horses were gut shot so it’s taken days for them to die, which is cruel and inhumane. These horses aren’t bothering anybody, they’re up on top of a mountain. We need the public’s help.”Kentucky State Police Det. Craig Miller is investigating the report of the missing horses. Miller said around 38 horses have been reported missing.
If anybody has any information about the incident, contact the Harlan County Humane Society at 606-573-0016 or any law enforcement agency.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde