LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A gruesome discovery was made Tuesday morning in Lawrence County, Tennessee.
That’s where deputies found two horses shot to death. One of the horses appears to have been chopped with an ax or hatchet.
Regina Pelham owns the horses along with her husband Les.
Regina says “That’s my baby out there, laying there.”
When asked if she harmed the animals or knew who did, Regina was quick to answer no.
“No no no. No way I would hurt that animal.”
Tuesday morning, Lawrence County Sheriff’s investigators discovered two dead horses, both shot in the head.
The sheriff says one of the horses was also mutilated with a hatchet or ax. He said the second horse, already decomposing, bones exposed, had been dragged to a remote section of the property.
“I can’t see any reason anyone would do that to an animal dead or alive,” said Lawrence County Sheriff John Myers.
“I am very upset and would like to find out who is doing this,” said Regina.
According to sheriff Myers, three of the horses on the property are very skinny.
“They are in bad shape,” said sheriff Myers.
When asked about the health of the three remaining horses, Regina balked that they are skinny or not well taken care of.
“You know I come out three times a day and feed them, and I find something like this and I’m very upset.”
The Pelham’s said the horse that was mutilated was 22-years-old, a rescue horse that their family loved.
“Someone hit my horse in the head and I’m not happy,” said Les.
When asked if they had any idea who the suspect could be, the couple replied: “I wish we knew, I wish we knew.”
News 2 asked the couple if they had anything to say to the culprit, they said: “I wish they’d come clean about it. I mean why hurt an animal. We got dogs, pigs, horses, and now this has happened to one of our horses. These are our babies, they are like our kids. My daughter is tore up. My son is tore up. My daughter has cried all night long, these were her babies, they were all of our babies.”
Sheriff Myers told News 2 this investigation is still very active, and if a suspect is developed, he plans to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.
Late Tuesday evening, Sheriff Myers said his department plans to check on the remaining three horses daily to make sure they have plenty of food and water.
He says they are actively investigating who mutilated the horse.