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Horses injected with gasoline, FL officials seek public's help

A horse, not the one depicted in the story, grazing.
A horse, not the one depicted in the story, grazing.public domain

One horse has died and one is recovering after it appears they were injected with gasoline in Belleview, Florida, according to WESH2. The two horses resided on Southeast 55th Avenue Road in Marion County, on adjacent properties.

Neighbors John Hoogerhyde and Leah Greenleaf keep their horses in the back of the property and called the Marion County Sherriff's Office when they realized the suspicious nature surrounding their horses' illnesses.

Hoogerhyde's horse fell ill on June 4, 2014, two days after he noticed a blood spot on its shoulder. The horse became lethargic and the shoulder swelled. It had to be euthanized. It was during the autopsy that the smell of gasoline emanated from the horse's shoulder.

Greenleaf discovered a puncture wound on her horse's neck on June 4 and saw her horse exhibiting similar symptoms. She took the animal to the veterinarian where it appeared gasoline was in the horse's muscle. The horse remains at the vet and is going through treatment.

Both of the neighbors have moved the rest of their animals and set up surveillance cameras.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 352-732-8181 or Crime Stoppers at 352-368-STOP.

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