Reward still being offered in horse shooting death

Posted at 5:07 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 17:26:12-05

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Jessamine County Sheriff's Department wants to remind people about a $25,000 reward for information in the 2018 shooting death of a 9-month-old colt. It comes after reports of another horse being shot in the area.

In September of 2018, a 9-month-old thoroughbred colt was found shot at Springhouse farm off of Tates Creek Road.

"Several shots were fired, only one shot hit the horse that died," Lt. Anthony Purcell said. "So we don't know if he, or this person, was shooting at other horses, just aiming at that horse and only hit that horse. We just don't know. This could have been a paddock full of dead horses."

Over a year after the 9-month-old was shot and had to be euthanized, the Lexington Police Department is investigating another shooting of a horse that happened at a farm a mile down Tates Creek Road. Investigators say the shooting happened sometime overnight on Sunday. Officials with the farm involved in the latest incident says they don't want to be identified because they say they are scared for the well-being of other horses.

Since hearing about the weekend shooting, the Jessamine County Sheriff's Department is putting a reminder out about a $25,000 reward for information in the 2018 shooting death of the colt. It's an investigation that investigators say has gone cold.

"Things don't happen in a vacuum. I just can't believe that somebody did this, and hasn't told somebody or mentioned it or made some type of comment," Lt. Purcell said.

If you have any information you're asked to call the Jessamine County Sheriff's Department.