Wisconsin farmers' horses shot dead in 3 separate attacks


Three horses on three separate Dunn County, Wis., farms were shot and killed on Sunday morning, apparently for no reason, leaving their owners distraught and deputies searching for answers.

It appears at the moment that the horses were fired on from nearby roads.

"We have no reason to believe there's a motive other than just to kill," Capt. Michael Tietz, of the Dunn County Sheriff's Department, told WEAU.

Deputies say the attacks, which all took place within a few miles of each other, happened between 3 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Rhonda Abbuehl's horse, Rex, died Monday morning. She says her roommate heard a gunshot Sunday night, but they didn't discover the horse's fatal injuries until morning.

"I can't understand how someone could just shoot an innocent animal standing in a pasture. I just want justice. I want them to be found and then prosecuted," Abbuehl told WEAU.

If the suspects are found they could face up to three and a half years in prison on felony animal cruelty charges.