January 2014 Issue - page 9

PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
January 2014
Page 9
by Stephanie Shertzer Lawson
A horse pulling an Amish
buggy in Lancaster County was
the victim of a drive by shoot-
ing on November 24, and died
shortly thereafter.
The horse was shot by some-
one in a passing vehicle in East
Lampeter Township around 9 pm
on November 24.
The buggy was traveling
north in the 100 block of North
Ronks Road when the vehicle
passed it and the occupants heard
what they thought was a fire-
cracker. Both vehicles continued
on without stopping.
The buggy continued home,
about a mile, and as the owner
started to unhook the buggy he
found blood on the horse’s mouth.
A vet was called but the horse
died shortly before he arrived.
The family, which had owned the
horse for 13 years, was travelling
home from a church function.
The occupants of the buggy,
a family of five, included three
children ages 12, 9 and 7. No one
was hurt, though police reported
the family was “distraught” over
the horse’s death. The mother,
father and their three children in
the buggy could not provide any
description of the suspect vehicle,
other than to say it was a car and
not a truck or a sport utility vehicle.
Hopeful of Arrest
East Lampeter Township
Police Lt. Robin Weaver was
limited in what he could report as
Pennsylvania Equestrian
went to
press, but said he was hopeful an
arrest will be made.
Anecropsy was performed on
the horse and part of a projectile was
recovered, he said. It was sent to the
Pennsylvania State Crime Lab.
“We have had several tips
from the public which have been
helpful,” he said. “We are still
investigating and running down
information. We have good in-
formation and are pursuing every
lead and all evidence. We should
be able to release more informa-
tion early in the week of Decem-
ber 23, with more to come.”
The shooter displayed “ex-
treme indifference to human life”
and, if caught, faces charges of
cruelty to animals and endanger-
ing another person, he said.
“The story generated quite
a bit of news media interest all
over the country,” Weaver said.
“We’ve gotten calls from Ken-
tucky, California, Time Warner,
the Reuters news agency.”
Anumber of callers offered to
replace the horse for the family or
to donate funds for a reward. Those
calls were forwarded to theAmish
family or to the Lancaster County
Crimestoppers Program, he said.
Visit Pennsylvania Equestri-
an’s Facebook page to get updates
on this story as they break.
Arrests Possible
in Shooting That
Killed Horse
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