Pasture mystery is worrying me more and more...
Occasionally me and the 900 pound dork will go for walks around the pasture. Its about 25 acres, lots of trees and little ponds, old buildings and even a small swamp. On these wanderings with Milo, I have come upon some... creepy findings.
There is a neighborhood by the pasture on one side, and the rest spreads out to grassland and is fenced off at one point to keep the 25 acres from becoming a sprawling mileage. Along this vacant area where cows are usually kept, there is an old run in shelter, fenced off so the horses can't use it, and owned by... well, I don't know who. Its a small, crumbling house with broken cars out front and all kinds of things, from oil drums to bathroom sinks and carpet rolls, laying about. Among this mess I saw the first cat, about three feet from the fenceline. Its neck was broken and snapped to the side... which was kind of creepy. I figured it had gotten in a fight, really, maybe a dog had come along and bitten it, but that was the only injury I saw.
Then, of course today, closer into the pasture where the corrals are and where the horses usually mingle, there was an absolutely disgusting sight- a cat cut in half. It was recent, because the fur wasn't matted and muddy from the rainfall we had just yesterday... which is odd. Even the horses are caked in mud. I spent an hour cleaning Milo up this morning.
I'm wondering if the horses could be doing this- but I doubt it. Most of this has been too delicate to be an animal fight- a dog wouldn't snap a neck and leave the rest of the body be, or cut an animal in half cleanly. It has me worried for the horses, and, of course, myself. I'm out there frequently at night, since I work evenings and usually go down once I'm off.
Do any of you have any ideas on what this could be? Is there some creep running around the pasture mutilating animals? I've decided to carry my cell phone with me from now on, instead of leaving it in the car, but should I be taking more precaution than that? I'll be discussing this with the man I pay rent to, who actually owns the pasture, at the end of the month.
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