Louisville Courier Journal
Published 3:04 PM EST Jan 13, 2020
Another surviving horse from the herd that was shot in December was rescued Saturday night, the Kentucky Humane Society announced.
Officials said they think the filly is related to two horses rescued from a strip mine in late December.
Outlets previously reported that 20 horses were shot with a low-caliber rifle along U.S. 23 near the Floyd-Pike County line in December.
At least one of the new horses found was just one year old, according to Dumas Rescue. Another was pregnant.
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“This is very inhumane and it's a very cruel act of somebody who just apparently had nothing else to do or whatever just to go back on a strip job and shoot down horses,” Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt said at the time. “It looked like a battlefield for just horses.”
There are three survivors of the shooting left, according to Dumas Rescue, an Eastern Kentucky rescue.
"Unfortunately, just as Dumas Rescue was about to capture (the) last three survivors from this herd yesterday, someone shot an automatic rifle in the distance and spooked the horses," the Kentucky Humane Society said in a statement.
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Diamond, who Dumas Rescue believes is the daughter of a pregnant mare they rescued last month, "was scared, but calmed down as soon as she saw her mother and brother," Saturday night, according to the humane society.
"We are glad that Diamond has been reunited with her family," the society wrote in a Facebook post.
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