BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Investigators are trying to determine if a gunman deliberately shot and killed a horse Monday evening in Morgan Township.
Irene Sakelos owns the horse and said it was grazing in her fenced-in field before the shooting.
Sakelos keeps multiple horses on her Brookville Road farm and noticed a horse named Tia was absent when she went outside to feed them. She then found Tia unresponsive on the ground with a bullet hole to the head.
"What we call a kill shot, an ex between the ears and the eyes and it went in and came back out," explained Sakelos. She had owned Tia for seven years.
Detectives returned to the scene Tuesday morning and scanned the farm with metal detectors. Sakelos said they determined the shot came from a rifle and the shooter possibly entered through woods at the rear of the property.
Sakelos, who is a school teacher, said she has no idea why anyone would want to hurt the horse. The Butler County Sheriff's Office said it has not yet been determined if the shooting was an intentional act.
Sakelos' horses and those on neighboring farms were kept in their stables on Tuesday as a precaution.