Teens Charged In Horse Shootings

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

One horse is still fighting for it's life...the owner says it's barely able to swallow food and infection has set in.

"It's just wrong," says Julie Mullins who says she saw it all happen. "I don't care who you are or how old you are, it's wrong."

It's the horses' popularity at the Breaks Interstate Park...that police believe, prompted the public to call with good tips...including the description of a truck...that's what police say led them to two teenagers..

"They were up there shooting birds and rabbits and some reason they decided to shoot the horses." says Detective Richard Ray of the Pike County Sheriff's Department.

Detective ray says both boys confessed to the shootings.

"One boy said he just didn't like horses, he'd got hurt on one when he was younger and he just really didn't like horses," he says.

Two rifles and a pistol were taken as evidence.

All .22's that Detective Ray believes were used to torture and kill the horses.

"They chased one down that was bleeding and it couldn't keep up with the other horses and they caught up with it and finished it off...one said they shot it probably 30 to 40 times."

Detective ray says both boys are charged with cruelty to animals...a misdemeanor...and a felony, criminal mischief.

They're being held in the juvenile detention center in Breathitt county.

Julie Mullins says 25 horses ran six miles onto her property trying to escape.

And just as her heart broke for the horses...she's also concerned about the young suspected shooters.

"It's really unfortunate, this is really a horrible way to start your young life," says Mullins. "They have their whole lives ahead of them and now it's tainted."


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