A Lancaster County family is coping with the shooting death of one of its horses in a pasture near a makeshift shooting range in Lancaster County.
Robbie Dunn said people are often out shooting for hours at a time at a target range about 100 feet from his Old Church Road property near the North Carolina state line, and he believes that’s what happened to his 25-year-old Tennessee walking horse.
“The house is yards from the range. If you walk on the property, then you’re in the line of sight of the range,” Dunn said. “We’re scared to death to let our grandkids ride out there. We can’t get out on the middle of our own property for fear of being shot.”
One of the Dunns’ horses was fatally shot several times last weekend — in the neck, hip and shoulder. Pretty Girl, the Tennessee walker, was found lying on her side Saturday morning in the 10-acre pasture the Dunns own. Dunn said they rolled her over and found holes that appeared to be gunshot wounds.
“We don’t know how long she suffered,” he said. “It’s just so sad.”