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Woman charged in wild horse's death

Posted June 19, 2009

— A Virginia woman was charged Friday with injuring a wild horse on North Carolina's Outer Banks in March. The horse, known as T-Rex, later had to be euthanized.

Kendra K. James, 21, of Haven Circle in Chesapeake, Va., was charged with failing to notify the Currituck County Sheriff's Office after injuring a wild horse, which is a violation of a county ordinance and carries a maximum fine of $500.

James was driving on the beach on March 28 when she hit a horse with her Jeep Cherokee, authorities said. She told investigators that the beach was foggy and a herd of horses ran out in front of her vehicle. She said she tried to avoid the herd but hit one of the horses because she couldn't turn fast enough in the soft sand.

James told investigators that she didn't know she was required to notify authorities about the incident.

A $3,500 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in a May 23 incident in which a second wild horse was injured. That horse also had to be euthanized.


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  • oldschooltarheel Jun 19, 2009

    Anyone who hits an animal & doesn't stop to tend to it - either by putting it out of its misery or by getting it help is a creep in my book. OK no state law requires one to "report" hitting a deer - wouldn't you stop & determine whether it needed to be euthanized? It's all about that internal moral compass. I guess you either have it or you don't. What a creep - probably drunk barreling along the beach.

    BTW Pinehorse - those ponies indeed are genetically distinct & not just dumped neglected "ferals"- just as the Chincoteague ponies are - some of the differences- they have hooves which are differently shaped & much stronger than modern horses & they also have one less vertebrae - these characteristics trace them back to Spanish Arabs who survived to come to shore along the Eastern Shore & Outer Banks. There are some great books about the history of the ponies of the Outer Banks & Eastern SHore - for an easy read that won't overly challenge you, I suggest "Misty of Chincoteague".

  • ikeyboy Jun 19, 2009

    For those of you who have posted here who obviously do not care about other living creatures, remember that animals feel pain and have emotions. I think those of you who do not understand should go running on a deserted strand of beach and let a Jeep break your leg. Then you might understand what it means to help another living creature.

  • wat63 Jun 19, 2009

    "You can leave a baby in a car on a hot summer day to cook to death, and not be charged with any crime."

    Are you kidding?! Ask ANY law enforcement officer about that and see what reply you get.

    Again, might want to consider a name change "thinkb4utype".

  • FairPlay Jun 19, 2009

    I think people driving all over those beaches is an irritation anyway. We try to enjoy the peace and quiet by walking and usually some idiots speeding and doing do donuts spraying sand come along. It seems people cnnot leave any bit of nature alone. We seem to think we have the right to do anything. And yes it has been proven they are wild horses with DNA testing.

  • bbad238 Jun 19, 2009

    She should be charged. Glad they caught her!

  • thinkb4utype Jun 19, 2009

    You can leave a baby in a car on a hot summer day to cook to death, and not be charged with any crime. Try that with a dog, and you'll face charges. That's one instance where animals get more protection than humans. As for the horses, I think the woman should pay her fine and consider it a lesson learned.

  • hdonthefarm Jun 19, 2009

    DeathRow, You seem to think it's ok to leave an injured animal in pain, to suffer. You make me sick. I wouldn't leave any living thing to die in pain. At least stop and put end the suffering, or call someone who can. I hope no loved one, friend, or pet of yours is ever left to die.

  • NCSULandscaper Jun 19, 2009

    the beach is the highway up there, so you cant close it. Ive been up there several times, and i can tell you it can get foggy up there. And ive heard the same story from alot of locals, they arent wild horses, they were put there by someone on the mainland because they didnt have room anymore. I have to side with the woman on this, there is no way to know you are required to report it.

  • Slip Kid Jun 19, 2009

    "Vehicles should not be allowed on the beach or in state parks at all!!! - previous post

    Huh?!?!?!? My vehicle gets me to the beach and state parks. Guess we should declare the beach and OUR state parks off limits to humans - since you think so?

  • wat63 Jun 19, 2009

    "Amen Pinehorse. I'm sick to death of animals getting more protection than humans. I hope nobody finds out about the two rabbits my hubby sent to their maker after finding them munching in our garden. Oh oh, shouldn't have said anything."

    You may want to change your screen name...I think "Gravy" is a better fit. God, I hope you don't have children.