Investigation into Georgia Horse Shootings Launched

The Hall County Sheriff's Department is seeking whoever fatally shot one horse and wounded another in Lula, Ga., last month.

Hall County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said that the Tennessee Walking Horse and Quarter Horse were discovered on March 29 when the owner's family member arrived at the Lula farm to check on the animals.

"The Walking Horse was found lying dead in its pasture," Wilbanks said. "The Quarter Horse was found later."

The Walking Horse had sustained five gunshot wounds. The Quarter Horse had sustained a single gunshot wound to the neck, and is currently under veterinary care, Wilbanks said.

Wilbanks said that, if caught, those responsible for the shootings could face felony animal cruelty charges and felony damage to property charges.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Hall County Sheriff's Department tipline at 770/503-3232. Anonymous tips may be emailed via the Sheriff's Department website, Wilbanks said.

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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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