Horses Shot To Death In Laurel County

Harvey Johnson couldn't believe what he found in a pasture near his Laurel County home.

“They'd all been shot in the head, execution style,” said Johnson.

Johnson says his four horses, “Little Bit”, her unnamed 4 month old colt, “Fancy”, and “Mocha” had somehow gotten out of their fenced in area, at his home just off Ky. 472, wandered off, and were killed.

“Just because they were out, I guess. I don't know. All they had to do was make a phone call and I would go get them. But they didn't give me that chance,” says Johnson.

Laurel County sheriff Fred Yaden says he has a person of interest but no arrests have been made.

Johnson says the animals were pleasure horses, all named by his daughter.

“They meant a lot. My daughter she cried. That was her horse, “Fancy," the speckled one,” he said.

Johnson says he understands why someone would be upset over his horses getting out of their gate, but he says that's no reason to kill them.


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  • by Kelly Location: Pike County on Nov 7, 2008 at 07:21 PM
    They DID go to jail for 6 months and 5 years probation. It is a matter of public record. Not to mention, I know the family of one of those boys. I by no means approve of what has happened or what they done but you people should do better research before making post on here.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2008 at 01:52 AM
    Leave them horse killers alone in the london, corbin, somerset area. Thems good people.
  • by Loretta Location: Pike County on Nov 5, 2008 at 04:59 PM
    By the way Kelly they Did NOT go to jail the rich kid is going to college in Lexington! They did get home incarceration, whoopee
  • by Loretta Location: Pike County on Nov 5, 2008 at 04:57 PM
    They will probably get off too just like the boys from Pike County did. Maybe they are the same boys or friends. The one here was brutal though one was shot 30 some times even in private parts. Parents didn't help these killers they will get in worse trouble again because they got away with that.
  • by amc Location: lexington on Nov 5, 2008 at 03:23 PM
    does anyone know - are HORSES covered in Romeo's law!
  • by Kelly Location: Pikeville on Nov 4, 2008 at 10:58 PM
    Those boys from Pike County did go to jail...read the news much Bill?
  • by Mr. ED on Nov 4, 2008 at 04:25 PM
    you're quite judgemental Anita, lets see, if you hurt a horse (which I do NOT condone) you would hurt a child. And I apparently am full of the Devil. Hmmmm, got any Rattle snakes I can handle??? Glad God waits til the end ms. Holier than thou....and he shoulda took care of his animals.
  • by kay Location: waco on Nov 4, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    This is crazy! Horses are precious creatures and shouldn't be treated like this. NO ANIMAL SHOULD! I hope that they find the person who did this.... They really need to be disciplined!
  • by Brenda Location: Floyd on Nov 4, 2008 at 01:44 PM
    The man found them in a pasture, shot? What was that hurting? So many freaking idiots with access to guns. Maybe we should put the people that shot them in the same pasture and see if they can dodge bullets.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    I am a horse owner and lover. All I cn say is in the 13 years that I have owned them I have never had any problem with them getting out unless someone let them out. Now on the other hand its nothing to turn around and see cows get out all the time. The person that done this is a cold hearted person with no felling for any thing. I would not want to be them when Judgement day comes the Lord will get you and when he does. This is to the person that done this BURN IN ****

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