KHS Rescue Horse “Willow” is from This Same Herd


UPDATE: on Dec. 23, additional horses were found shot and killed on this strip mine. This brings the total number of horses killed from this herd to 20.

The Kentucky Humane Society is joining other animal welfare groups in asking the public for help finding the people responsible for killing 15 horses in Eastern Kentucky.

The horses – including pregnant mares and foals – were found shot dead on a strip mine on the Pike and Floyd County line Dec. 17. Local authorities believe the horses were hunted down and shot with a low caliber rifle.

“The Kentucky Humane Society Equine CARE Program rescues, assists and advocates for horses in Eastern Kentucky, and we are sickened and outraged about what has happened,” said KHS President & CEO, Lori Redmon.

In October KHS took in an extremely emaciated horse from this same herd. Willow, as KHS named her, is recovering at Willow Hope Farm in Simpsonville, KHS’ new equine farm. The farm was named in her honor.

Local residents in the area, along with various animal groups including KHS, are offering rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/s responsible. KHS Equine donors have contributed $2,500 toward the reward amount of $15,000 and rising to aid in solving this violent crime.

If you have any information, please contact the Floyd County Sheriff with any information, 606-886-6711.

See WYMT story on the shooting

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