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Two horses shot and killed in Monkton; Harford sheriff’s office investigating

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fatal shooting of two horses in Monkton, the office reported.

Deputies responded to the report of a horse found shot dead on the 4100 block of Old York Road in Monkton around 6 a.m. Friday, according to the sheriff’s office calls for service. No shots were heard, and the suspects were not believed to be in the area, the documents state.

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Charles Grimmel, who owns the property where the horses were found, said they belonged to his girlfriend. She had moved them to Grimmel’s pasture while her own was being maintained. She found the horses early Friday morning — around the time she usually feeds them.

One of the horses, a white show pony, was dead by morning, Grimmel said, but the other horse was still alive, though it died shortly after being discovered.

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"One suffered all night long,” he said. “He had a gut shot, the other pony that got hit was shot in the heart.”

Grimmel leases a house on the property next to where the horses were found. The tenant said they heard gunshots, Grimmel recounted, between 11 p.m. or midnightthe night before the horses were found, but thought they were only the sounds of deer hunting. The tenant did not see anything on the road either, Grimmel said.

The neighborhood is quiet and everybody tends to get along, Grimmel said. The cows in the next pasture over were untouched, he said.

“It is a sick, sick thing,” he said “The horses, they were not hurting anybody.”

Cristie Hopkins, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, declined questions regarding the motivation for the shooting and whether deputies had identified any suspects. The investigation is active and ongoing, she said.

“Detectives are in the process of interviewing possible witnesses, collecting evidence, and investigating leads. If anyone in the community has any information that may be helpful, they are asked to please call Detective Hall,” Hopkins wrote in an email.

The incident stoked rage on the internet. A Pennsylvania equine veterinary service posted about the killings on Facebook; it was shared over 9,000 times — approximately 3,000 more shares than the page has followers.

The investigator handling the case can be reached at at 410-836-5433.

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