Police investigating shooting of horse while owners mourn - KCTV5 News

Police investigating shooting of horse while owners mourn

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A picture of honey the horse provided by the owner. (Dannie Pinedo/KCTV5) A picture of honey the horse provided by the owner. (Dannie Pinedo/KCTV5)

Tonight, a Kansas City, Kansas family is struggling to understand why someone shot their daughter's beloved horse.

Telling an 11-year-old her pet is gone is hard enough, but having to explain why a beautiful horse was killed so mercilessly has made it even harder.

"She fell to the ground,” said Dannie Pinedo. “She was devastated. She doesn't understand this, and it's ugly that she had to learn how ugly this world is at such a young age."

To say Pinedo is upset that someone shot her daughter's horse isn't enough; she's scared.

"My kids are not with me right now because I'm afraid,” said Pinedo.

The incident was caught on a neighbor’s surveillance camera.

Around 10:50 on Tuesday morning, a beautiful and innocent quarter horse named Honey dropped to the ground after being shot between the eyes. A car then sped off, headed east on Kansas Avenue.

"We don't understand this kind of hate, this kind of violence, especially toward our horse,” Pinedo said. "That somebody would come in and point blank shoot her horse in the head,” Pinedo said of her daughter. “She doesn't understand it and I can't explain it. Because I don't get it." 

Honey had been a part of the family for about six months. Known for her good nature, her previous owner says she loved people. That made her death sting that much more.

"It's just devastating that we had a horse that was that gentle, that trusting, that loved people, that walked willingly up to a fence line to be executed,” said Sue Mayhan, the former owner. “It's just heartbreaking."

While KCKPD investigates, those who knew the gentle giant are hoping whoever did this will be caught and wondering: "If someone will do that to a defenseless animal, what will they do to a child or another human being?"

If you know anything you're urged to call the police.

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