Florida Horse Shot in Pasture, Police Investigating

Polk County Sheriff's Deputies are seeking information about the shooting death of a horse in its Davenport, Fla., pasture.

Owner Jim Andrews discovered the Quarter Horse mare missing on Sept. 1 when it failed to return to the barn with its pasture mates. He later found the horse in its pasture dead from two gunshot wounds to the neck.

Police speculate someone entered Andrews' property between 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 and shot the horse.

None of Andrews' other 11 horses were injured. There is no obvious motive for the shooting.

"It's an absolutely senseless act, but hopefully somebody saw something," Andrews said.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Burdette at 863/534-7205 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 800/226-TIPS, or visit heartlandcrimestoppers.com. Reports to Crime Stoppers are confidential.

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.

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