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Horse shot and killed in Chesterfield

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Chesterfield Police and Animal Control are trying to figure out who shot and killed a horse over the weekend on Winterpock Road.

The horse was last seen alive Saturday around 6:30 p.m. The next day around 12:30 p.m. police were called and found the horse shot dead.

Investigators don't believe the shooting was accidental.  The owner speaks to NBC12 and is pleading for help in catching the person who did this.

Nicodemus is all alone now, he used to share this farm with Legend.  The horses were inseparable at Ellis Farm at Winterpock.

"The horses were super docile, very calm, tame," says Henry Gleghorn, their owner.

But overnight, somebody got over the fence and took Legend's life.  Gleghorn found the horse shot in the throat at close range in this pasture.

"I saw the wound it was right in his throat area it had severed one of his jugular veins," he said.

So far, there are no suspects and disbelief over the crime has now turned to anger.

"It was a murder! They murdered that horse," he said.  "I don't know what kind of person would do that what kind of pleasure they would get out of that.  They're not a man I can tell them that."

Police say they don't believe a case like this has happened here before.

"We need to find out who this person is and prevent anything from occurring in the future," says Bob Leinberger, assistant supervisor at Chesterfield Animal Control.

The Gleghorn's bought legend ten years ago as a present for their son.  But the horses weren't just for personal use.  While the family sells goat's milk and fresh eggs, they use the horses to educate children about farm life.

"They wouldn't have run away from anybody. He didn't have any fear of anybody," says Gleghorn.

Now they fear whoever did this to legend could go after any other horse farms in this part of the county.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Crime Solvers at (804) 748-0660.

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