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Family horse shot to death in Pennsylvania’s Butler County

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Officials with the State Game Commission have been called out to a private property in Butler County, Pennsylvania, to investigate the shooting death of a family horse. The animal was shot and killed over the weekend. Reports about the horse death and the investigation have gone public as of Dec. 11 in the hopes of getting tips and information from local and outside sources.

According to police, the horse was killed in Clearfield Township on Carbon Center Road. It cannot yet be confirmed whether the shooting was a hunting accident or if it was an intentional killing.

WPXI has been covering this incident. The station’s Jennifer Tomazic has spoken personally with Angelica Koffman, 11, about her horse. Young Koffman made it really clear how much the horse meant to her and her family.

Since the property is located near Pennsylvania game lands, the family believes the horse was accidentally shot by a hunter.

Koffman’s grandmother noted that her granddaughter was the person who found the horse that she called Ivy. She checked Ivy’s breathing and felt for a pulse – anything to see if she was still alive – but Ivy was already deceased. She ran to the house, crying and very upset.

It is hoped that cameras from the trails will identify the hunters. Meanwhile, if anyone can share any information on what happened to the horse, please get in touch with Pennsylvania game officials.

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