A five-year-old little girl is devastated after someone shot her pet pony “Chicken Nugget” on Wednesday night at the family’s home in Liberty, Texas. Rylee Brett and Chicken Nugget had been best friends since the little girl was born. By six-months old, Rylee was already on the dwarf pony’s back at local shows.
According to the Chron,, when the family woke up Thursday morning, they found Chicken Nugget, who stood 25 inches high and weighed 80 pounds, dead. He had been shot in the head at close range. The family buried him that day on their farm.
“Rest in peace,” Kylee Brett, the pony’s owner wrote on Facebook. “You now have your wings and are flying high. You will never be forgotten, you will forever be missed. My heart is absolutely shattered as I try to find the words. The way you were taken from us was the act of a coward,”
“On another note, whoever stepped foot on our property and point blank shot him in the face will pay. We’re going to catch him, whoever did this. And he’s going to get in big, big, big trouble.”
Liberty County Game Warden Jake Noxon is investigating, but it is not known who trespassed on the family’s property, walked into the pony’s pen in the middle of the night and shot him at close range. The family lives on a ranch in Hull with several homes on the property.
On Saturday, Kylee announced the family and especially for young Rylee, has been offered Chicken Nugget’s sister. A fundraiser to help with the pony’s transportation and needed travel fees has already exceeded the expected costs. All money raised over the price of hauling will be donated to Spirit Horse Liberty. Read more about Rylee’s new pony here.
If anyone has any information about Chicken Nugget’s death, please contact the sheriff’s office. Bring this horrible person to justice.
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