SPENCER COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky is a state known for loving its horses so it's unimaginable that one would be shot to death for no reason, but that might be what happened in one local community.
It is still coyote hunting season in the Commonwealth, but investigators believe the person who shot this horse knows what they did.
"It's kind of an unusual situation," said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Scott Herndon.
The mystery unfolded off of Gray's Run Road in Spencer County after a white half Arabian horse was found shot to death.
"Shock, sadness, heartbroken, concerned all of those things," said Judy Shircliffe. Those are the emotions she is experiencing after she discovered her beloved horse named Faith last week on top of a hill in a remote section of their property.
"If it was an accident, let somebody call me and tell him we were shooting at coyotes, maybe had a stray round," said Shircliffe. "If it's not, it's more concerning because no one shoots horses. We're a horse state."
Shircliffe contacted Kentucky Fish and Widlife. While the law enforcement division normally doesn't investigate domestic animal cases, because it could be linked to hunting Herndon went to check it out.
"Just be sure the next day I contacted a local veterinarian and asked him to go to the area with me, which we did and he confirmed what I thought also that it had been shot with some type of gun," said Herndon.
Shircliffe said in 24 years she has never had any problems with hunters in the area. "It defies understanding and I think it does with everyone involved," said Shircliffe.
For now Shircliffe is keeping her horses closer to home, but she does eventually want to let them roam again, just hoping she does get answers.
"Did someone do it intentionally, was it in retaliation for something or a malicious act? Or if it was an accident, they would like to know that and things sometimes happen," said Herndon.
Shircliffe is offering a reward for information about her horse's death. Call Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at (502) 492-3166.
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