Necropsy Report: Oceana Horse Not Shot

The leg injury sustained by a horse belonging to an active service member stationed at the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., was not caused by a gunshot, according to a necropsy report released March 2.

Base Public Affairs Officer Kelley Stirling said that on Feb. 27, the horse's owner reported the animal had been injured, possibly by a gunshot. At the time of the injury, the owner was walking the horse on the grounds of the Oceana Stables, a boarding facility used by some active and retired service members. A veterinarian called to the scene determined that the horse had sustained a broken leg. The animal was later euthanized as a result of the injury, Stirling said.

Base security personnel searched the tree line surrounding the naval base and vehicles exiting the base, but found no evidence that the horse's injury was caused by a gunshot, Stirling said.

A necropsy was performed on the animal to determine the cause of the injury; findings did not support that the horse was shot, Stirling said.

"The horse had had a significant spiral fracture of the left humerus bone," she said. "The edges were normal for a fracture. There was no evidence of bullet fragments, wounds, or bullet marking."

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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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