The Williams family lost a good friend this past week when their 15-year-old horse was struck and killed by lightning. Lady’s death occurred in Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania. She was struck down by lightning during a powerful electric storm that raged through northeastern Pennsylvania on Wednesday night.
Lady’s owner, Richard Williams of Hop Bottom, spoke with WNEP-TV, after his horse was killed during the storm. He said he learned the hard way about electric storms and wishes to warn others to bring their horses inside. He says,
When there is a storm, bring your animals inside!
Williams said that Lady and 8-year-old Brave had sought cover and were resting under their favorite tree during the storm when lightning struck.
The horses’ veterinarian later positively established that Lady was killed by an electrical strike.
I learned too late that while many humans survive lightning strikes, it's almost always fatal in horses.
He had Lady buried near her favorite tree. Plans are to buy Brave a new friend to keep him company.
Read and watch video: WNEP
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