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post #1 of 29 Old 01-17-2013, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice - horse was shot and killed

One of my horses was shot and killed out in the field, I'm devastated, but still trying to make sure I do everything the right way to keep my legal options open if we're able to find out who did it. The horse hasn't been moved, it appears as though she was shot in the head, I've called the sheriff and game warden, if they confirm that its a gun shot, i plan to send her for autopsy. Is there anything else you all would recommend doing? Has anybody ever dealt with this before? She's a fairly high dollar horse (which I so regretfully didn't have insured).

Thanks for any advice you can give
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post #2 of 29 Old 01-17-2013, 01:34 PM
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Sadly i have dealt with this before but we did know how did it. We moved into a new house and put the horses in the pasture... the property was surrounded by woods so no one really knew we moved back there. Well 2 days later i hear a gun shot come from the front of the house and i see my 2 year old go down. He was shot in the head and was killed. I called the cops and they came out and found out that the neighbor on the other side of the woods was hanging out at his dads house (no one even lived there at the time) and got drunk and thought that it would be fun to fire his gun off in the woods, he did not know that anyone was on the property behind him. Needless to say he went to jail as he did not even have a permit for the gun and he was drunk as a skunk.
I hope that you find out what happened to your horse and my prayers are with you.
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post #3 of 29 Old 01-17-2013, 01:45 PM
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I am so very sorry for this tragedy

Since the horse has not been moved, get pictures of the entire horse from all angles and also the bullet wound, if you can. You should also take pics in a broader view to show the angle of the horse from the perspective of all of your boundary lines.

You want to establish the direction the bullet came from - or whatever device they used That may or may not be a crucial piece of evidence if this gets to court.

I would also be contacting my family attorney ASAP. If he/she is not comfortable with this case, ask for a reference of someone who is familiar with this type of crime.

Hopefully you still have your receipts. If this was a show horse of any venue and you have any ribbons or trophies to show future potential, take pics of those for your lawyer.

You want to establish as much earning potential as possible and if you win a judgement and the Loser does not have money in the bank?

BY ALL MEANS, put a lien on his home, his car, his farm tractor, his breeding dog if he has one. ANYTHING to where you can get compensated once he sells whatever you put the lien on.

Of course that will require you keep close tabs on him, so nothing would slip thru your fingers.

Good luck to you --- my very deepest sympathies

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post #4 of 29 Old 01-17-2013, 03:21 PM
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So sorry for your loss. As hard as it is-take lots of pictures & keep in close contact w/the authorities. I do hope you find who did it.
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post #5 of 29 Old 01-17-2013, 05:30 PM
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I am so sorry for your loss! Do you know if it was an accident? Or do you think it could have been done intentionally?
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post #6 of 29 Old 01-17-2013, 05:36 PM
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Oh how sad. I feel your pain, only by extreme luck mine didn't die, but carried a bullet fragment in her neck for years. I hope they git the moron who did it.

I would also suggest calling the county animal control officer. They are familiar with laws pertaining particularly with animals and animal crime.

And as already said, take as many pictures as you can stand to take. And not just of your poor horse, take them of your property lines and where the horse was at when shot. Anything that can show which way the shot came from and who or what is in that direction can help.

Good luck finding the B@%tard!!

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post #7 of 29 Old 01-17-2013, 05:42 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss, this is one of my biggest fears as we live in a wooded area near the nature conservancy where people often hunt and I always fear stray bullets. I'm hoping that at least it was a stray bullet and not intentional
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post #8 of 29 Old 01-17-2013, 06:38 PM
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No advice but I am so sorry for your loss
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post #9 of 29 Old 01-17-2013, 07:10 PM
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Oh gawd, how do you insure horses, lgd dogs and sheep??
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post #10 of 29 Old 01-17-2013, 08:56 PM
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I am so, deeply sorry for your loss.

I really hope they find the person(s) who did this to your girl.
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