Dumas Rescue finds third surviving horse from Floyd County strip job shooting

Source: The Kentucky Humane Society // WKYT
Source: The Kentucky Humane Society // WKYT(WYMT)
Published: Jan. 12, 2020 at 7:42 PM EST
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An official from the Kentucky Humane Society said they received another horse survivor from the

The horse was captured by Dumas Rescue. Dumas Rescue is a local rescue facility in Eastern Kentucky that is working to capture the remaining horses from the herd.

The filly is believed to be the daughter of Hope, the pregnant mare who was rescued in late December, and sister to Knox, the weanling colt.

All three horses are at the Kentucky Humane Society’s Willow Hope Farm in Simpsonville.

According to the Kentucky Humane Society, Dumas Rescue was about to capture three other survivors from the herd on Saturday, when someone shot an automatic rifle in the distance that spooked the horses.

"They don't appear to have any injuries, so we don't really know how they escaped that. For someone to have shot 20 horses, it wasn't just a quick, random situation," said Lori Redmon, president and CRO of the Kentucky Humane Society. "This was intended malice to a large extent. So for them to continue to keep shooting until 20 horses were dead just feels like it's pure evil."

The surviving horses are friendly to people now, though the new filly, Diamond, is still shy.

"They are very forgiving of humans. Thank goodness they are because that will give us the opportunity to rehab them," Redmon said.

The Floyd County Sheriff's Office is still investigating to find who was responsible for the shooting. There is a $23,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Floyd County Survivors Update

Yesterday our friends at Dumas Rescue returned to the remote mountaintop in Floyd County where 20 members of a free-roaming herd were shot in mid-December. They were there to attempt to collect the remaining four survivors. At one point, they had three geldings contained in panels and were slowly moving to close in the gate when someone started shooting an automatic rifle in the distance up on the ridge. The horses panicked and bolted out of the corral before they could get it closed, and the horses would not approach the rescuers again. (WARNING - the body of one of the deceased horses can be seen in the foreground of the video.) Rescuing at-risk free-roaming horses in these remote areas is often very difficult work. Many of these horses are understandably wary of humans. Access to these sites can be extremely challenging, as roads are few and far between and often become impassible from the rains; some areas are only accessible by ATVs, so bringing trailers up to collect the horses is often not an option. Even though the geldings evaded capture, Dumas Rescue's incredible volunteers were able to capture a filly that is believed to be Hope’s daughter; Hope is the 15-year-old pregnant mare who is recovering at our Willow Hope Farm along with her weanling colt, Knox. Diamond, as we are calling this filly, is a feral horse with limited exposure to people - and probably much of this exposure was not positive. Dumas Rescue arrived with Diamond at our farm last night. Diamond was scared, but calmed down as soon as she saw her mother and brother. Knox and Diamond appear to have a strong bond, and we are glad that Diamond has been reunited with her family. We will provide more updates as we have more information. Do you want to help at-risk free-roaming horses? Donations are gratefully accepted by Dumas Rescue via PayPal at Donate to KHS Equine C.A.R.E. at or via Facebook. Thank you for your compassion! Want to learn more about Kentucky's domestic free-roaming horses and why there are so many in Eastern Kentucky? Visit

Posted by Kentucky Humane Society Equine CARE on Sunday, January 12, 2020

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