Pennsylvania Police Seek Leads in Amish Horse Shooting

Lancaster County, Penn., police are hoping the public can help identify whoever is responsible for shooting and killing a horse pulling a buggy containing several passengers.

East Lampeter Township Police Department Lt. Robin Weaver said that on Nov. 24, an Amish family was travelling home, presumably from a church service, in a horse-drawn buggy when they were passed by a car traveling the same direction. As the car passed, the two adults and three children inside the buggy heard a cracking sound, Weaver said.

“They attributed the noise to a firecracker,” Weaver said.

When the owner later removed the horse's harness, he noticed blood emanating from the animal's mouth. A veterinarian was called to the scene, but the horse collapsed and died before the veterinarian arrived, Weaver said.

“The horse had been shot through the lungs,” Weaver said. “None of the passengers inside the buggy were hurt.”

Weaver said the horse's owner reported the animal's death to police on Nov. 25, but authorities have no leads in the case.

“The Amish family doesn't know a license plate or even the color of the car,” Weaver said. “Hopefully somebody saw something.”

Anybody with information should call CrimeStoppers at 800/322-1913, Weaver said. All calls to CrimeStoppers are confidential.

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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.

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