The Enterprise acted in good faith on information received from the Harlan County Humane Society when we reported 28 horses had been shot and killed at Dingo.
We have printed many stories over the years on animal abuse cases reported to us from the Harlan County Humane Society, cases that resulted in convictions in court.
When the Enterprise was contacted Friday by the Harlan County Humane Society’s president, we had no reason to not believe what she reported to us.
It wasn’t until after our article came out that the Kentucky State Police informed us that they were investigating the case and only one horse had been found dead, and it could not be verified at this time if the horses had been shot because of decay.
We received information on Monday from the state police that over 30 horses had been reported to them to be missing. The detective informed us that family members of the land at Dingo had searched the property most of the weekend and all the horses were accounted for and were alive.
We hope in the future when the Harlan County Humane Society receives calls/information on animal abuse, they thoroughly investigate the matter before alerting the media. We were certain the information we received had been verified.