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Six horses found stabbed in Zebulon

Posted December 3, 2012

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— Wake County sheriff's investigators are trying to figure out who is responsible for stabbing a half-dozen horses over the weekend.

Andrea Hayward, who owns the animals, said Monday that she believes someone jumped fences of two enclosed pastures near N.C. Highway 98 and assaulted the animals sometime Friday night or early Saturday.

She found them with deep stab wounds in their hind quarter legs Saturday morning. Some had been stabbed repeatedly.

Hayward said she believes blankets the horses had been wearing helped prevent the injuries from being worse.

The horses should recover, she said, but she is worried that one, 28-year-old Maggie, might have to be euthanized if her wounds become infected.

Investigators are talking to neighbors in the equestrian community but aren't providing any details about the case.

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  • piene2 Dec 5, 2012

    "I agree that this horse story is indeed tragic but what can we do besides lament?"

    Well my first wife was Russian and we often enjoyed horse meat and kasha. The dish is a great delicacy in Russia. Unfortunately here in the United States, horse meat is extremely expensive. Is that any sort of a hint?

  • nano Dec 5, 2012

    Poor horses. Especially Maggie. Anyone who'd do that to a horse is beyond ill. (I'm wondering if Maggie should be on IV antibiotics? Surely some vets @ NCSU can advise/help?)

  • goalflinger Dec 5, 2012

    I agree that this horse story is indeed tragic but what can we do besides lament? We express our sentiments but what does it really accomplish other than making us feel better that we commented? What if the people who did this are caught? I know of cases where overwhelming evidence exists to convict people who have been caught harming others and/or their property. Then, because of case loads in the court system or some other not so good reason, A DA or prosecutor somewhere will rule the evidence not good enough and throw the whole thing out thereby letting career criminals go free yet again. All the old adages come to mind; "If you want more of what you got, keep doing what you're doing." Or, "When the punishment starts fitting the crime, crime will decrease."
    Someone commented para; What would we want next? A death penalty for spitting on the sidewalk?
    My answer: A conditional "yes." The condition being that if it were to become law and you are forewarned in no uncertain terms that

  • quikdraw2 Dec 5, 2012

    I have only one strong thought for the those people who would do such a thing....and I can't say it here because it is VERY offensive.

  • GALNC Dec 5, 2012

    I remember we had bought a horse and had it out in the field in the winter. She became very sick and we could not figure it out. We called the Vet and found out she had been shot after the autopsy. With her winter coat and the size of the bullet...the vet didn't see the bullet hole. It was sad to see a animal struggle/die for no apparent reason. We canvassed the woods/neighbors and found a few bullet holes in houses from people using guns, but never caught the people who did it. I see this and am furious that someone would do this.

  • Dido Dec 4, 2012

    So very sad.

  • piene2 Dec 4, 2012

    ""I sure hope they make there names public if there caught.....justice will take care of itself ....more than likely i walk alone"

    Punk gang mentality. piene2

    Yea then some vigilante can pull time for getting involved in a law enforcement issue. Posting names can cause actions by people with mental disorder as bad or worse than the stabber. Catch them, prosecute them, and if their crazy institutionalize them. Stay out of it hangmen.
    NCHighlander"

    I never cease to be amazed at the gangster mentality of people that profess to be of a religious persuasion. Every time I read comments like the one above I can not help but get the mental image of an old black and white Frankenstein movie where the peasants, carrying torches, pitchforks and cudgels are storming the castle and beating on the door.

  • exador7 Dec 4, 2012

    @ evenflow2005 ,, Exactly !!! Why I'm amazed that someone else has had this idea. How can we propagate this. Screening in the school system is a must for the future of our country. Our citizens are just not getting what they need in order to become anything but morbid freaks of several different varieties .
    Just look at the news LEADERS. If you don't see the need you are ignorant and do not need to be in a position of LEADERSHIP.

  • k9sandQtrs Dec 4, 2012

    I can't believe that the person(s) who did this got away without being injured themselves. I couldn't imagine walking up to a strange horse and the horse allowing me to repeatedly injure it in its hindquarters without getting kicked or the horse running off. Something's not quite right here....

  • NCHighlander Dec 4, 2012

    "I sure hope they make there names public if there caught.....justice will take care of itself ....more than likely i walk alone"

    Punk gang mentality. piene2

    Yea then some vigilante can pull time for getting involved in a law enforcement issue. Posting names can cause actions by people with mental disorder as bad or worse than the stabber. Catch them, prosecute them, and if their crazy institutionalize them. Stay out of it hangmen.

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