Sheriff Says 'Mutilated' Pony Died Naturally

A palomino pony found dead with suspicious wounds on its head died of natural causes, according to a statement from the Todd County Sheriff's Office, the St. Cloud Times reported.

The pony's owner, 11-year-old Katie Symalla, found the pony dead in its Long Prairie, Minn., pasture on Nov. 3. The pony's head was skinned and one eyeball removed.

Sheriff Peter Mikkelson said that the investigation, which included a veterinary exam of the pony, concluded that the pony died of natural causes and then was scavenged by predators, the St. Cloud Times reported.

According to Mikkelson, there was no evidence that a human had mutilated the pony, nor that it had been shot and its eyeball removed to access the bullet, another possibility considered early in the investigation.

Long Prairie resident Sue Wenzel donated an 8-month-old filly to Symalla to replace the pony, the Associated Press reported.

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

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