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Wild horse euthanized after hit by vehicle on Outer Banks

Posted May 27, 2009
Updated May 29, 2009

— Authorities are looking for the driver of an vehicle they think struck a wild horse that had to be euthanized after its leg was broken on the North Carolina Outer Banks.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported Wednesday that the horse named Spec was struck hard enough to break its left hind leg during the night Friday or early Saturday. Karen McCalpin of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund says there were hoofprints and all-terrain vehicle tracks in the area and it looked like ATV riders chased the horse onto the beach.

“This horse doesn’t spend time on the beach. That’s why I feel he was chased," McCalpin told WRAL News.

A herd of wild horses lives in the Corolla area.

McCalpin says the horse tried to drag itself over sand dunes back to its home area but collapsed after about a mile.

Two other horses have died under similar circumstances in recent months, she said.

“I’m not naive enough to think they will step forward, but I’m hoping someone else would turn them in because somebody needs to be held responsible,” she said.


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  • carolinagirl965 May 28, 2009

    Hateful, uncaring people. Online and on ATVs. Anyone breaking any creature's leg and left dying, should get the same. They will live with the shame the rest of their life. I hope they cry about it when they are 80 yrs old in their rocking chair thinking how life could have been so different if they hadn't of run down a helpless animal and watched him suffering, knowing they broke his leg. Who is the animal?

  • mrduright May 28, 2009

    WHO CARES!!!

  • gpcherokee May 28, 2009

    A horse is a horse is a horse of course, unless of course it's the wonderful Mr Ed. Let's call Nancy Grace!

  • ambidextrous cat May 28, 2009

    I hope that the person who did this did it on accident, but for some reason I think that it is not the case.

  • PaulRevere May 28, 2009

    Fire up the grill! Tasty! Seriously, folks, it's a horse. Boohoo.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 28, 2009

    rocket said, "It's one dead horse...Let's not get overly dramatic."

    Think big picture. 6.2 Billion humans have a HUGE impact globally., tigers, rhinos, etc. This incident is just one example of what 1/6 of a Billion of the humans can do.

  • rocket May 28, 2009

    "Riding ATVs is a privilege, not a right."

    So by that logic the same could be said for riding a bicycle. What's the difference?

    "Perhaps if the ATV community was more self-policing"

    You are making the assumption that someone besides the responsible party knows what happens. Are you really ready to ban ATVs based on an assumption?

  • adamfranklin1787 May 28, 2009

    at Slip Kid

    Don't be silly, that slippery slope argument doesn't hold up. There is a huge difference between riding a bicycle on the streets and permitting ATVs to ride on the beaches and other protected areas. Riding ATVs is a privilege, not a right. All it takes is one jackhat like this to ruin it for everyone, and perhaps that is okay. Perhaps if the ATV community was more self-policing this wouldn't be a problem b/c someone who knew the responsible party would come forward. Until that happens the authorities should ban ATVs altogether on the island.

  • bluewind May 27, 2009

    I hate this...

  • Slip Kid May 27, 2009

    "I hope they ban all ATV's on the beaches and OBX." - old rebel

    I hope you're joking. How about we ban all motorcycles on City streets and only allow on country roads. They get in my way and should be banned. (Not a pretty sentiment, is it?)

    Just giving you a rub, no big deal :), but please don't be part of group think. Your cycling freedoms may be next...