Second horse euthanized after attack in Spartanburg Co.


CAMPOBELLO, S.C. (WSPA) — Animal control confirmed another horse was possibly cut amid reports of attacks across the area.

On Thursday morning, Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement said in a release an injured horse was reported around 6 p.m. Wednesday on Patterson Road in Campobello.

Trigg, Palomino Quarter horse, had one cut on its lower leg and a puncture wound under its midsection, according to Environmental Enforcement.

On Thursday afternoon, Ann McGinnis took one last ride up the hill to the very spot where her horse was buried.

Trigg lived on a pasture right off Patterson road for the last 6 years.

“I’ve had my horses here for a really long time and never had an issue,” McGinnis said.

On Wednesday, McGinnis says she got a phone call that Trigg was hurt and she rushed to check on him.

“At first I thought it was okay because I was walking up the hill and he was standing,” she said. “But then I got closer and realized his leg had been cut down to the bone.”

The McGinnis found more.

“As I got closer than that I realized somebody had stabbed into his gut,” she told 7News.

A veterinarian determined the horse was injured 24 to 48 hours earlier.Β The vet told 7News the injuries weren’t from an animal attack.

“She said it looked like a knife wound,” McGinnis told 7News. “There weren’t any other scrapes on him as if he had fallen or fallen on a branch or anything like that. It was a clean cut into his gut like he had been stabbed.”

The horse was euthanized due to its injuries.

Environmental Enforcement is investigating the attack because of the similarities between Trigg’s injuries and another horse attack that happened on 5.6 miles away on Spencer Creek Road.

“From what the police said they found where they cut the fence on the far side of the pasture because the gate back there was locked,” McGinnis said.

The attack on Spencer Creek Road happened last week. Craig Howell says he’s certain his family’s horse, Sarah, was stabbed. He was also forced to euthanize the retired thoroughbred.

Environmental Enforcement says there are differences between the 2 attacks. They say the pasture Trigg lived on had uprooted trees and stump, so his injuries could have been self-inflicted.

Environmental Enforcement is not ruling anything out and is not connecting the attacks.

“It’s hard to believe that there’s more than one group of people going around and just stabbing horses for the hell of it,” McGinnis told 7News.

Howell is offering a $1,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible.Β 

Greenville County Animal Control has confirmed two horses attacked there. Those horses were checked out by a vet. A spokesperson tells 7News the horses were expected to be okay.

Officers are investigating if the two incidents in Spartanburg County are connected and develop leads.

Anyone with information is asked to call Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement at 864-596-3582.Β 

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