Former owner of horse shot and killed speaks out

Posted at 4:25 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 19:48:39-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Last week, we told you about a horse named Penny that had been shot in a field at a farm on Tates Creek Road. Over the weekend, Penny's owners made the hard choice to euthanize her, due to declining health.

Now, the woman who helped raise her, Karina Busch, is demanding answers. When Busch bought a horse, it was pregnant with Penny.

"I owned Penny from the day she was born, up until about 6 weeks ago when we sold her to some people that we know for their 12-year-old daughter," Busch noted.

Penny spent the last 6 weeks getting some more training at a farm on Tates Creek Road before going to live with her new family in California. But Penny would never make it. Last week, Penny was shot in a field and Karina decided to euthanize her Sunday because she wasn't improving.

"She was so sweet. She loved people, she loved attention, she loved to get brushed or ridden or just pet in the field," Busch said.

"She was also very athletic, so she was going to be a wonderful competition horse."

This isn't the first time a horse has been shot on that stretch of road; in September of 2018, a 9-month-old Colt was shot at Springhouse Farm about a mile away. The Jessamine County Sheriff's Department has a $25,000 reward for information in the shooting death of the colt. Karina says they've put up a $10,000 reward for information in Penny's death too.

"If they're capable of shooting a tame, domestic, that's standing in a field. You know, who knows what else they're capable of."
Karina says there has been evidence recovered from Penny's death and she hopes to have answers soon.