South Carolina Authorities Probe Horse Shooting

Law enforcement authorities in Spartanburg County, S.C., are seeking whoever is responsible for shooting a Tennessee Walking Horse residing in a pasture in Inman.

According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff's Deputy's report, the owner discovered the 7-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse on Jan. 1. The animal had sustained a gunshot wound to its side.

In his complaint, the owner said animal was the second horse that had been shot on his property. The first horse, discovered in December, died as a result of its injuries, the report said.

Sheriff's Department spokesperson Master Deputy Tony Ivey said a search of the department's reports database revealed no report connected to the earlier shooting. Ivey declined to comment on the type of weapon involved in the incident.

If caught, those responsible could face animal cruelty charges.

Anyone with information about the incident should call CrimeStoppers at 888/CRIME-SC (888/274-6372). All calls are confidential.

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