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The HSUS Offers Reward in McConnelsville, Ohio, Horse Deaths

Investigators rule fire that killed eight horses as arson

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for ­­­­­­­­­­the deaths of eight horses in McConnelsville, Ohio. The HSUS offer adds to an existing $5,000 reward offered by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee. 

The Case:

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and State Fire Marshal give the following account: Early Sunday morning, McConnelsville resident Brent Whitehouse woke to check on Love, a pregnant quarterhorse who was due to give birth, only to find the barn housing Love and seven other horses engulfed in flames. All of Whitehouse’s horses, including Love and a week-old foal named Buddy, were killed in the blaze. The fire marshal ruled the fire as arson.

“We are outraged by the intense suffering of the eight innocent horses that burned to death and we hope our reward helps investigators find the person or persons responsible for this callous act,” said Karen Minton, Ohio state director for The HSUS.

The Investigators:

The State Fire Marshall and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office are investigating.  Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the state fire marshal at (800) 589-2728, or the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 962-4044. 


The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. To see our journalists' animal cruelty resource guide, which includes information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, go to humanesociety.org 


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