Horse recovering after shooting
MORRISTON, Fla. — A horse named Emma is healing from multiple gunshot wounds and the person responsible has still not been identified.
"We don't have any leads, we don't have an identified suspect and we're hoping that our community may have seen something and can come forward with information that can help solve this case,” said Lt. Scott Tummond, Levy County Sheriff PIO.
Emma's owner didn't have the means to provide what the horse needed to recover. That's when a non-profit rescue stepped in... Beauty's Haven Farm and Equine Rescue is now caring for Emma.
"People call us from the community looking for temporary or permanent help for horses, we do anything that we can to help the community in any way that we can when it comes to the horses,” said Theresa Batchelor, President and Co-Founder of Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue.
Batchelor says when she first saw Emma, she didn't know if she would make it...
"She was lame, she had a bullet in her front left knee, she also had fragments that had fractured her split bone, which is a bone in her leg where that had to be amputated. She had a bullet sitting near her axis meaning her C1 and C2 and it was actually fractured, and because of that there's nerve damage and her face has paralysis,” said Theresa Batchelor, President and Co-Founder of Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue.
There was a nick taken out of Emma's ear, and a graze underneath of her right eye. Batchelor says emma was lucky.
"She had a lot of metal in her back leg as well, some of the fragments and debris they opted to just leave there because it could have done more harm than good, she has other fragments in her jaw and in her head too,” said Theresa Batchelor, President and Co-Founder of Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue.
Batchelor says she hopes that with the award amount increasing, there will be a better chance in finding the person responsible.
"The reward we offered is $1000, one of our donors offered $200, we talked to the Human Society of the United States and they offered $5000. I just got a message this morning someone else is offering up another $800. So, hopefully this will bring about something… somebody needs to answer to what happened to Emma,” said Theresa Batchelor, President and Co-Founder of Beauty’s Haven Farm and Equine Rescue.
Batchelor says overall, Emma has a good spirit, has light in her eyes, and is happy to be here today.
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