Someone has been slashing horses at the Big Pine Saddle Club in Inyo County, California, and a large reward is being offered for information leading to that person’s arrest. The horrific crime spree began in the early morning hours on July 2.
Saddle Club Recounts The Crime
The Big Pine Saddle Club recounted what took place:
July 2, 2018 was a sad day for many of our members at the Big Pine Saddle Club. Around 1:30am the Fire Department was called to our Club for a car fire. One of our members vehicle was set on fire. After further investigation they found numerous horses who had been injured and sheds that had been vandalized. There were 7 horses who had a knife taken to their necks and cut open, 4 of them required stitches to their wounds.
The Crime Spree Continues
The horror has not ended – on July 8, Facebook user Lea Belgarde made a public post about another horse who was victimized by the slasher. Multiple photos of the injured horse were posted to Facebook – Belgarde’s post reads:
This is how my son’s horse was found this afternoon. Horse is located on Pa Ha Lane and Diaz lane in a pasture. He was fine this morning and around 1:30 pm today he was found like this. I don’t know what to think with all this animal slashing going on in our area. Jack is a very friendly horse who will greet people at the fence looking for hello’s and snacks, also our fencing is slick wire and is a clean field with no sharp object in it. If anyone saw anyone around this location around 12-1pm today Please let me know or call the Inyo County sheriffs department.
The Injured Horses
Amazingly, despite the severity of the injuries, the horses targeted by the knife-wielding individual are expected to recover, even the most recent victim. Belgarde stated:
Update 7\9\18. – Jackie Chan the horse is going to be ok. A large artery was cut at the base of his ear. The horse has 15 staples and will heal. Glad it wasn’t worse. For those of you that don’t know this is the 9th horse and there is also 1 cat that has been stabbed/slashed in the last week in our area. There is also a reward being offered.
Click here to read more about this case and find the fundraiser which has been set up for the horses.
Inyo County Sheriff’s Office Statement
From Inyo County Sheriff’s Office
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