The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the deaths of at least 14 horses found shot near a strip mine in Floyd County, Kentucky.

The Case:  The Floyd County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into the death of multiple horses. On Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, Sheriff John Hunt was contacted by an individual who reported he had discovered five of his horses dead. His property is located next to an abandoned strip mine, and the individual reported that his horses had gone onto this strip mine and joined other unowned horses who had occupied that area for several years.

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, deputies, along with members of Dumas Animal Rescue, responded to the strip mine site and conducted a search of the area. Sheriff Hunt has confirmed that 14 horses, including the five owned by the individual who reported the shootings, were found dead, all appearing to have been shot. This investigation is active, and deputies are following up on several leads.

Animal Cruelty: Violence against animals is a crime that affects entire communities. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and many other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault. Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the whole community.

“It takes a truly heinous person to mercilessly shoot more than a dozen horses and leave them for dead,” said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope this reward will encourage anyone with information about this terrible crime to come forward."

The Investigators: The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department is investigating this case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 606-886-6171.

Resources: The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Cruelty campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources and support to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. We offer rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of the United States has doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member. More information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories.  

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