A report of 28 wild horses being shot and killed has led to confusion and conflicting reports regarding how many horses were found dead or if any were shot at all.
Information reported to the Harlan Daily Enterprise from the Harlan County Humane Society President Marcella Chadwick on Friday stated 28 horses at Dingo had been shot to death.
Kentucky State Police Det. Craig Miller is investigating the matter.
“It was reported that several horses had been shot and killed at Dingo,” said Miller.
Miller said he is still looking for information.
“From Friday until now, I’ve not received any phone calls about any other horses being found dead,” said Miller. “Just from hearing things in the community, I’m following up on information that the other horses that were supposed to be missing may be OK, but that’s something I’m still looking into to confirm.”
Miller said there has been one dead horse confirmed.
“To my knowledge, there was one horse and it appeared there may have been a baby horse near the bigger horse,” said Miller.
Miller said due to the conditions at the scene and the length of time the animal or animals had been deceased, it could not be determined if the remains belonged to an adult horse and a younger animal or if it was just one adult horse.
“I cannot confirm at this point if the horse that was found had been shot,” said Miller. “I’m looking into some other resources to help determine that.”
Miller said he was looking into the origins of the complaint of several horses being found dead.
“I’m following up on any possible information on where the complaint originated to the Humane Society and go from there,” said Miller.
Calls to the Harlan County Humane Society were not answered, but the issue was addressed on Chadwick’s Facebook page over the weekend.
“Just to set the record straight we received a call Friday from people who live on Dingo (and usually we don’t give this information) called and she was crying so hard I could not understand her so she puts a gentleman on the phone,” reads Chadwick’s Facebook page. “He told us and I quote ‘there are horses laying over here every where shot dead!’ And as we were trying to figure out how to handle it one of the members told us she had received a report of a mass grave and from there it went crazy!!”
Chadwick’s post further states that while reward money had been pledged, there had been no donations accepted.
“I am sorry for all the confusion and pray all the horses are okay,” reads the post on Chadwick’s Facebook page. “We have found three for sure dead at this point and I pray the mass grave is not true. John Clem has told me he is going to look into that claim and I believe he will and he will tell us what he finds. I am at this point stepping down from the Dingo Horses all together which means at this point the property owners can and will be held responsible for them from today forward. I am truly sorry for any confusion and mix up.”
John Clem posted this on his Facebook page over the weekend, “I have been over there two days, I have talked with the family, my family that live right on top of dingo where the horses Rome. They have 90% of them named. I asked them straight out how many horses are missing their exact answer None….. Me and my uncle went over too and I know 18 or 28 have not been shot, and there are none missing. I promise.”
Attempts to reach Chadwick for comment were unsuccessful.
Miller said if anyone has information concerning the matter they should contact KSP Post 10 at 606-573-3131.
Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 1161 or on Twitter #joe_hde