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Series of bizarre events leave Butler Co. residents spooked

REILLY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

A series of bizarre events over the last couple months have residents along the Ohio - Indiana line spooked.

Investigators continue to look into two separate incidents where farm animals have been killed or injured.

About one month ago, Brittany Kolb and her family found four sheep dead, four more injured and two horses with deep lacerations at their barn. She says to hear about a similar incident happening to a neighbors' ponies just a few weeks later is disturbing.

"You spend weeks trying to get over what happened and for something to happen all over again, it just feels like you've been re-victimized by it all," said Brittany Kolb.

The fear of 'who's next' is also spreading to other community members.

"We got chickens out there in the back, but we got them hooked up so nobody has touched them yet," said Marlene Gross.

Then, the Springfield Methodist Church was broken into and a message was written on the wall in blood. Police are investigating the incidents separately, but Kolb believes they're all connected.

"Hopefully people are aware of what's going on, and they will be more cautious, and they'll take more precautions with their animals, and hopefully we can all have our eye out for one another," said Kolb.

In the past few weeks, she's removed all of the animals from her property, while also creating a Facebook page to bring awareness to these incidents.

"We all commit sins but for an innocent animal... t could just be minding it's own business in the middle of the pasture. It's just really disturbing," said Kolb.

Residents say there have been other crimes, including tires slashed and abandoned barns burnt to the ground.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office stressed that all the incidents have not been connected. However, they're continuing to investigate to try and find any possible link.

They're also encouraging locals to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.

If you have information regarding these incidents, call the Butler County or Franklin County Sheriffs Office.

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