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  • Horses shot by unknown gunman

    Horses shot by unknown gunman

    Wednesday, October 21 2015 5:20 AM EDT2015-10-21 09:20:09 GMT
    Fideles Currie has been around horses for as long as she can remember."Yeah, I like them a lot. Yes, 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...More >
    Fideles Currie has been around horses for as long as she can remember."Yeah, I like them a lot. Yes, 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...More >
GLADWIN COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

"The horses aren't just pets or farm animals, they grow on you. They become part of your family," Colton Balzer said.

Balzer has lived his life with horses, but now he's mourning because of a senseless act.

"You wish you could do something, but you can't," Balzer said.

He said his horse Ice Pick was in the field when someone shot him, shattering his leg. They had to put the animal down because of the injury.

"I just don't know how that would make any sense for someone to just shoot at a horse like that," Balzer said. 

And right now, neither do police.

Gladwin County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Townsend said while some people are sure to be practicing their shot, rifle season is still almost a month away.

"We don't know a whole lot of what took place, whether the incident was accidental, or if someone had purpose to maim or kill the horse," Townsend said.

Balzer said he doesn't think it was an accident.

"There's no way to get in here unless you're on our property or someone else's property," Balzer said.

He hopes someone will come forward with information, if only to give closure.

"It's just ignorant, why would you do that," Balzer said.

If authorities do catch those responsible, they could face some serious penalties including the following:

  • Up to four years in prison
  • $5,000 in fines
  • 500 hours of community service
  • Restitution for the animal’s owner

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