Update: Rescuers help surviving pregnant mare, colt from herd killed in Floyd County recover

(Photo: Kentucky Humane Society)
(Photo: Kentucky Humane Society)(WYMT)
Published: Dec. 28, 2019 at 2:57 PM EST
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The Kentucky Humane Society is taking care of two horses that survived a shooting in Floyd County. The two were rescued during the weekend, and one of them is pregnant.

These horses are part of the herd that was slaughtered on an abandoned strip mine earlier this month. At least 20 horses were shot and killed, many of them young or pregnant.

Both of the rescued horses desperately needed help, and are on their way to recovery.

"To our knowledge, she is the only surviving pregnant horse that survived the shooting. We don't know how she got away but we're just happy she was able to make it," said Lori Redmon, President and CEO of the Kentucky Humane Society.

The pregnant mare, her unborn baby and her colt escaped without gunshot wounds but were defenseless in the wild without their herd.

"She's very thin. She just doesn't have a lot of energy and the baby - colt - is draining her energy because he's still nursing," Redmon explained.

Humane Society workers hope to nurse the mare back to health while weaning her colt off nursing and preparing for the birth.

The reward for information about the shooting is now up to $20,000. Anyone with information can call the Floyd County Sheriff's Office.


On December 27th the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) received a pregnant mare and her yearling colt from the same herd where 20 horses were found shot dead on a strip mine near the Pike and Floyd County line on December 17th.

The two are recovering at the Kentucky Humane Society’s Willow Hope Farm in Simpsonville KY. The mare is very thin and has been placed on a special feeding regimen. Both horses are being assessed medically and behaviorally to determine what resources they will need as they recover.

“The colt took everything in stride as long as his mom was close, but the mare was showing signs of stress and anxiety on arrival,” said Lori Redmon, President & CEO for KHS. “She was sweating and her breathing was labored so our primary concern was getting her stabilized and relaxed. She is heavy in foal and we didn’t want her to go into premature labor due to stress.”

The two horses were collected by Dumas Rescue, a local animal rescue group in Eastern Kentucky that has been on the scene helping with this case from the beginning.

“I feel like we closed the door on their tragic past as they walked off the trailer and into their bright future,” said Tonya Conn, President of Dumas Rescue.

There are believed to be three horses still alive from this herd at the strip mine site. Dumas Rescue will return to the site and work to capture the remaining horses.

In October KHS took in an extremely emaciated horse from this same herd. Willow, as KHS named her, is recovering at Willow Hope Farm in Simpsonville, KHS’ new equine farm. The farm was named in her honor.

The video provided is courtesy of the Kentucky Humane Society.