State police find 1 dead horse, not 28 as alleged, in Harlan County

kward1@herald-leader.comAugust 25, 2014 

Despite reports last week that dozens of wild horses had been shot to death in Harlan County, state police say only one horse was found dead, and they do not know how it died.

State police said in a news release issued Monday that they responded Friday to a call "alleging that 28 wild horses had been shot in the Dingo community of Harlan County," but when they arrived they found "only one deceased horse."

The cause of death could not be determined because of advanced decomposition, according to the release.

State police said a detective "was able to confirm through witness statement that the rest of the horses from the herd are accounted for."

Marcella Chadwick of the Harlan County Humane Society told the Harlan Daily Enterprise last week that she was contacted by people who live in the Bledsoe area, about 12 miles northwest of Harlan. She said that mares and foals had been shot and left to die, and that the Humane Society was offering a $500 reward for information leading to conviction in the deaths of 28 horses.

State police said they ere continuing to investigate; anyone with information is asked to call (606) 573-3131.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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