Florida Horses Injected with Gasoline, 1 Dead

Law enforcement authorities in Florida are seeking whoever is responsible for injecting gasoline into horses grazing in a pasture in Marion County.

Valerie Strong, social media specialist for the Marion County, Florida, Sheriff's office, said that on June 6 an owner reported finding his horse dead in its Belleview, Florida, pasture.

Following a necropsy, the horse was found to have been injected with significant amounts of gasoline, Strong said.

"A strong smell of gasoline came from the wound," Strong said.

Meanwhile, a neighbor whose horse shared the same pasture discovered that her animal had a wound on its neck, Strong said. A veterinary examination revealed that the horse had also been injected with gasoline.

"That horse is being treated by a veterinarian," Strong said.

Strong said that neither syringes nor other suspicious objects were found at the scene. The horse owners have no  known enemies, she said.

"Someone just snuck though the back of the pasture and hit the horses," she said.

The Marion County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the incident, Strong said.

Anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the incident should call the Marion County Sheriff's office at 352/732-8181 or CrimeStoppers at 352/368-STOP (7867).

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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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