Horses’ necks slashed

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Information sought in connection with animal cruelty investigation

By Tom Wilmoth

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on an animal cruelty investigation in the Montvale area.  

    On January 28 Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies with the Animal Control unit responded to a call on Goose Creek Valley Road in Montvale in reference to an owner who had discovered three horses with severe lacerations to their neck.  Upon inspection, it was determined that all three horses had received similar cuts that were approximately 6- to 8-inches long and 3- to 4-inches deep, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the BCSO.
    Gardner stated that the animals received medical treatment for their injuries and are doing fine.  He said that it was unlikely the injuries were accidental or self-sustained.  Deputies were able to collect some evidence at the scene and a Reverse 911 call was sent out by the Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 29, he said.
    Gardner said the owner of the horses was contacted by a person who said she needed to go check on her animals. She found they had been injured. She called authorities.
    Gardner said the sheriff’s office is continuing to seek  information on this incident.  “We’re still looking at it,” he said. “We feel like it’s an isolated incident. We haven’t had any other problems in that area with animals being abused.”
    The Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information pertaining to this case to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900, or the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827.