While following local social media post over the weekend, I have learned that an act of senseless and significant animal cruelty has been reported from the Abercrombie Community in Bibb County. At approximately 7:30am Saturday morning residents living on Bibb County Hwy. 51 reported that a young filly horse was shot from the roadside while standing in or near a barn with other horses.
The owners who heard the shot also pursued the persons who were responsible and then transported the animal to the local animal hospital for help. At the recommendation of the local Veterinarian, the horse then was transported to the Mississippi State Animal Hospital at Starkville, Mississippi. There, X-rays revealed that the animal’s abdominal and stomach cavity along with legs contained more than 100 “turkey-shot” size pellets.
It is being reported on social media that the animal was shot at a close range and that the possibility of internal organ damage is an ongoing concern. It appears at the time of this writing that a minor person is being questioned and that an older individual is being sought.
It is my hope that those who are responsible will be held accountable for their actions. It is also my hope and my prayer that those affected by this senseless act be restored as much as is possible.
If you care about our community, I want to ask that you Pray and ask God to show us the way to teach our younger generations the true value of community and respect for our fellow man. Please also Pray that we who are older may have the courage to do what is necessary to help young folks find the way they should live, in order that they may live in peace with others.
I have just learned that the second suspect that was being sought in this event plans to turn himself over authorities sometime this morning. I will try to bring updates on this breaking story as additional details come forward.