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Horses shot by unknown gunman

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PINCONNING, MI (WNEM) -

Fideles Currie has been around horses for as long as she can remember.

"Yeah, I like them a lot," Currie said.

Her daughter Nicole Haut said it's hard to imagine her mother without them.

On Monday at 7 p.m., Currie had just finished feeding them when the nightmare unfolded.

"I hear a shot. It sounds like it's right underneath me," Currie said.

She ran to the pasture to find one of her horses and a pony with pellet wounds.

It appeared someone fired a bird shot at them.

"This is pretty awful," Haut said.

The pony, Cherry, got hit in the leg and on the chest. But Liandrin, a white mare, took the brunt of the blow.

"A bunch of tears because my horse got shot, she might die. That's my feelings," Currie said.

Penetration marks covered the right side of her body and it took a while to determine the extent of the injuries.

"We couldn't get near her, she wouldn't let anyone near her," Haut said.

But once they both calmed down, they said it appeared the shot will not be fatal.

Tuesday afternoon, veterinarian Leeanne Kroll examined the animals. She called them lucky.

"I would say over the next couple of days, we'll know, but my feeling is probably a good one," Kroll said.             

For now, the fragments will stay in their bodies until the swelling goes down.    

"Not out of the woods yet, so we'll keep in touch with them. She'll probably need to be on antibiotics for the next week or so," Kroll said.

Currie said she's thankful the animals are still alive and wonders why someone would commit the senseless act of firing at them.

"It would be nice that there was some repercussion of some sort, education I guess, that maybe you did something to an animal that didn't need to be done, because the horse wasn't hurting anybody," Currie said.

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