Three horses slaughtered in Kentucky, officials looking for culprit

Published: Sep. 7, 2018 at 10:52 AM EDT
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Three miniature horse and one dog were slaughtered in a Kentucky county, and officials are at odds over the culprit behind the crime.

The sheriff in Monroe County warned citizens of a large, vicious cat that could be in the area, but state officials say otherwise.

"Whatever it is, it's a large vicious animal. It's got to be," Sheriff Ford said.

The sheriff along with deputies and a biologist went to the home where the incident occurred and inspected each of the dead horses.

"We agree there were four inch bite marks and claw marks. They had been mauled," Ford said, who warned citizens on the sheriff's office Facebook page.

However, state experts found, among other things, a single hole that they said could not have been done by an animal's tooth. They say the cuts were caused by a cutting instrument and there was no sign of a struggle.

They say the deaths were not a result of a wild animal attack.

"You know what, they're wrong," Ford said. He claimed there was no evidence of a human involvement. There were large paw prints at the scene, but no bullet casings, he said. He had several pictures of large cats via trail cams in the area, but couldn't confirm that those animals were the animals in question.

The sheriff said there is no criminal investigation on the case at this point.

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