Family speaks out after horses shot in Mercer County

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UPDATE: December 31, 2019, 9:30a.m ROCK, WV (WVNS) — Misti Williams told 59News the second horse shot over the weekend died.

The horse was taken to Virginia Tech for medical treatment. The vet was able to remove the bullet. However, the horse did not survive.

Anyone with any information on the crime should contact West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment.

UPDATE: December 30, 2019, 11:30p.m. ROCK, WV (WVNS) — The Williams family is searching for answers after two of their horses were shot over the weekend.

Misti Williams told 59News her husband and son saw every horse owners nightmare, their animals down in the pasture.

“They came back home and told me my horse was dead and Country was down,” Williams said.

Williams said her horse Blue was found with a gunshot wound to its neck.

“He’d [Blue] been shot at the road. We’re not sure if Country had been shot a second time,” Williams said.

Country is still alive and fighting for his life, the bullet still lodged in his body. The family is raising money to take the horse to Virginia Tech for medical treatment. Williams said her family is now left wondering who could have done this heinous crime to such innocent animals.

“This is pure evil. This is not just somebody’s horses, this was our family,” Williams said.

Anyone with any information on the crime is urged to contact West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment.

A fundraiser has been set up to cover some of Country’s medical expenses. You can find the link to donate here.

ORIGINAL STORY: December 29, 2019, 3:30p.m.

PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) – The West Virginia State Police are searching for a person of interest after ‘several horses were shot’ in the Rock area of Mercer County.

The horses’ owner told 59News they found the animals Sunday, December 29, 2019. One of the horses died, another is going to Virginia Tech for medical treatment.

If you have any information about this crime, contact Sr. Trooper K.A. Filer with WVSP at 304-425-2101 or Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at the organization’s website. Anonymous tips can also be left using the P3 Tips App on any Apple or Android device.

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