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Grisly attack on miniature horses leaves six dead

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A shockingly brutal crime that occurred Friday night is now hitting media sources on Dec. 23 from South Australia. Six miniature horses were killed in the security of their own stalls in their stable on Friday night. Each little horse had its throat cut. Strangely enough, three other miniature horses stabled in the same barn were left untouched.

The owners of the horses believe that the horses were killed in a deliberate action – a hit –by someone that knew them. They published a statement on their Facebook page [Jacksons Miniature Horses] saying:

These horses were not slaughtered by any random lowlife. They were deliberately murdered by someone who knows us. It was a 'hit'.

We will get the insane low life scum who did this however long it takes. ...

A $100,000 reward has been posted seeking information that leads to a prosecution in this horrific case.

The brutalized horses were discovered by a staff member at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. They had been checked last around 9:00 p.m., putting the killings between those hours. Terry Hocking tends to the horses and was called to the farm by the person who found the dead horses. They just found one of the little ones after the other.

Daniel Spong, son, has a hard time understanding such brutality and thinks that someone would have to be an “extremely sick individual” to do something like this. The family has no idea who is behind the slaughter.

The three surviving miniature horses seem traumatized by the ordeal of the night. The killed animals had recently showed at Mallala, north of Adelaide.

Owner Julie Jackson says she is shocked by the attack on her horses. They trusted everyone and were trained and obedient. The family raised the miniature horses from birth. The six horses have been buried on the property.

The three lone survivors are being lovingly cared for by the owners and the staff.

According to Superintendent Rob Williams, a prosecution can bring with it up to 10 years jailtime. Officials are asking for any and all assistance from the public to solve this especially nasty crime against defenseless, innocent small horses.

"Significant penalties [are] involved in these types of crimes, and we are asking for the community's help to give us the information through Crime Stoppers. Any information will be of assistance."

Anybody with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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