Kentucky State Police Accounts for Horse Herd

Horses that were reported killed near Harlan, Kentucky, have been accounted for, according to state police investigating the case.

Published reports indicate that, on Aug. 22, Harlan Humane Society Chief Executive Officer Marcella Chadwick said that the humane group received reports from the Bledsoe area near Harlan that 28 wild horses—including mares and foals—were shot and either killed or left to die. Published reports said the humane group offered a reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths.

On Aug. 25, Kentucky State Police investigating the incident released a written statement about the case.

In that statement Trooper Shane Jacobs, public information officer for the Kentucky State Police in Harlan County, said state police Detective Craig Miller and Trooper Kenny Sergent responded to a call alleging that 28 wild horses had been shot in the Dingo community of Harlan County on Aug. 22.

Investigators determined that there was only one deceased horse, the statement said. Due to the advanced decomposition of the carcass, Miller was unable to determine the horse's cause of death, the statement said.

The statement said that, based on a witness statement, Miller was able to account for the remainder of the herd.

No further information was available at press time.

Chadwick was unavailable for comment.

Miller continues investigating the case, the statement said.

Anyone with information relative to the case should call the Kentucky State Police at 606/573-3131.

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with FREE weekly newsletters from TheHorse.com. Learn More

Free Newsletters

Sign up for the latest in:

From our partners