HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) -- Folks with the Harlan County Humane Society say 37 wild horses they care for in the Dingo area of Harlan county are missing, and one has been found dead. They are asking for your help.
Folks with the Harlan County Humane Society say 38 of the more than 100 horses they care for were missing as of Friday afternoon, and with one already confirmed dead by Kentucky State Police Friday evening, they say they are expecting the same result for the other 37.
“There was a lot of tears; there is a lot of anger now; its turned to anger. We fought for these horses before, and we will fight for them again,” says Marcella Chadwick, of the Harlan County Humane Society.
“We hope we find out who did this, and we have our speculations but we can't say because nothing is definite,” says Mary Sizemore, also with the Harlan County Humane Society.
Officials with Kentucky State Police say they are working with the Humane Society to try and figure out what happened.
“[Our detective] showed up. He’s on scene taking photographs, and to open an investigation at this point. If anyone has any information on the incident, they can contact Post 10 in Harlan,” says Trooper Kenneth Sergent.
There are far more questions than answers at this point, but Humane Society workers say one thing is certain: if criminal activity is behind this, they are committed to bringing those responsible to justice.
“We’re pretty upset, and we're coming, we are coming for you hard. One way or another, we will find out who you are. Until my last breath, I will be looking for you, and that's a promise,” Chadwick said.
Humane Society workers say they are currently offering a $4,100 cash reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and prosecution.
Anyone with information can call the Harlan County Humane Society at (606)-573-0016.