Beaumont Animal Services is investigating the shooting of a horse on the city’s north side.
According to a statement issued authorities Thursday, a Beaumont Animal Control Officer was called to the 1000 block of Pollard on Monday to check on an injured horse. The officer found a one year old Buckskin filly with what appeared to be 22 caliber bullet holes in 2 places on the right rear buttocks of the horse.
The person who called police said the horse may have been shot on Sunday.
Sean Schexnayder spends a lot of his free time at his grandpa's farm off of Pollard road. This is where he learned how to ride horses, and has grown to love these majestic animals.
He's upset that he had to say goodbye to one of the youngest horses far too soon.
"When they called and told me about it they was like, someone shot a horse. I wondered which one, and when he told me which one it is, I felt hurt, like my heart was broken because me and that horse went through a lot," Schexnayder said.
The Buckskin filly just started rider's training two weeks ago.
But Sunday she was found with two gunshot wounds.
The horse was loaded onto a trailer and taken to have a veterinarian examine its injuries. The vet told investigators the horse’s colon was damaged when it was shot. The horse had a leak in its bowel on right side and was in a lot of pain. The horse later died from toxic shock death.
Matthew Fortenberry with Beaumont Animal Services says this is another tragic case of animal cruelty.
"We're going to be out doing another investigation, and they're trying to piece it all together. This is heartbreaking that someone did this to an animal but it's more common then we like to see," Fortenberry said.
However, Schexnayder and his family believe a neighbor shot the horse following a dispute with Schexnayder's grandpa.
"We think it's the person next door, because like [the grandfather] cut their water off because he wasn't paying. So he just cut it off cause he can't keep running up the water bill like that's just wrong on his behalf. So, we think he came and shot the horse," Schexnayder said.
Schexnayder hopes it doesn't happen again.
"Keep a close eye, make sure no one's bothering your animals, because that's animal cruelty and I don't like stuff like that,” Schexnayder noted.
Beaumont Animal Services is seeking information about the person responsible for this senseless act of abuse, and death of this horse.
If you have information about this or any other crime, contact Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS.