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Marines questioned in horse's shooting

Posted November 26, 2008
Updated November 27, 2008

— An Onslow County horse owner called police after discovering that her animal had been shot in its paddock.

Elizabeth Kachmor said her staff noticed Alderbaran, a 7-year-old Canadian Sport Horse, was wounded on Nov. 9. She took him to the North Carolina State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where an X-ray revealed a bullet from a .22-caliber rifle lodged in the horse's liver.

Surgery was unsuccessful, and Aldebaran had to be euthanized.

Police found shell casings for a .22 in the driveway of the stable where Alderbaran was kept. They have questioned some Marines from Camp Lejeune.

No arrests have been made.


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  • k9sandQtrs Nov 27, 2008

    Non-horse owners also have no idea the amount of hard work, time, dedication, and money it takes to train and properly maintain a horse. Or at least I know I didn't before I got mine a few year's ago. Being 7yrs old, this animal was just at the beginning of his career and it will be difficult for his owner to replace him.
    It's just sad that one person can so easily destroy someone else's hard work, no matter what that hard work happens to be.

  • anne53ozzy Nov 27, 2008

    A final note....I had the misfortune to find much the same with one of my pets having been shot years ago.
    It is a road to a broken heart when you find that you were not abel to protect someone you loved.
    In addition, it is well known in research of criminal behavior that those who hurt "animals" are very likely to hurt people.
    This is not to be dismissed as funny or immaterial to all of our lives....

  • TC1807 Nov 27, 2008

    there wasn't a rifle in his liver...it says a bullet from a rifle was lodged in his liver...

    it's a sad story how people can be so cruel.

  • anne53ozzy Nov 27, 2008

    I don't get it...What is with the rifle in the liver remarks?
    If you think it is funny to lose a companion that has more than 2 legs, you need to examine your values. Or maybe the police need to track the e-mail that seems to condone this or find sick humor in it. Are you involved or complicit?
    This was a cowardly act if intentional. A terrible accident perhaps due to hunting if not.
    I encourage those of you who have a mean spirit in your response to take some time to consider the loss felt by this horse's person.

  • Paul Parker Nov 27, 2008

    ghimmy 51,
    my thought exactly. It must have taken some doing to get the whole rifle in the horses liver.

  • ghimmy51 Nov 27, 2008

    A rifle in the liver! Wow! Usually it's done by keeping the rifle and projecting a bullet. Wow how Christian of someone to promote torture of humans over animals given to us as food!

  • bandydoo2000 Nov 26, 2008

    They should be kicked out the Marine Corpa. Cruelty to animals is not funny nor cool. It is inhumane and just plain mean.

    If one is mean to animals they are probably mean to people. Look at Jeffrey Dahmer.

  • 1Moms_View Nov 26, 2008

    Good thing it wasn't in Harnett County. About 2 years ago, a mare was set on fire by teenaged girls. Nothing was ever done by the sheriff's dept there.

  • Adelinthe Nov 26, 2008

    When they find whomever did this, torture would not be good enough. Animals are defenseless, and it is our responsibility as (supposedly) the intelligent ones, to care for them diligently and kindly.

    Praying they find the perp quickly for those who maim and kill animals soon turn to humans for sport.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • littlejen77 Nov 26, 2008

    This is terrible, what would possess someone to do that?