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

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SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - An official from the Kentucky Humane Society said they received another horse survivor from the free-roaming herd that was shot in Floyd County.

Source: The Kentucky Humane Society // WKYT

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.

Sister station WKYT went to the farm where the rescued survivors were reunited.

"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.

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