A $2,500 reward has been offered by Nikitia Shipe, owner of the Legacy Horse Farm on Zepp Road in Shenandoah County, Va.for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot a mare in the face with a small caliber bullet.
The white mare is expected to recover; the bullet exited, however the risk of infection is always a contingency. A Facebook post stated:
"Vet has come and gone. Took xrays, reopened the wound and lanced the abscess and drained it. Left a sinus catheter in place so we can flush the sinus cavity twice a day. The risk of infection is our biggest worry right now."
According to Shipe, on Feb. 11, someone climbed over a locked fence, walked a quarter of a mile, and chose the mare who was out of sight of the house to shoot in the face. The mare named Lady was the only white horse in the paddock and easy to see; she was also the friendliest:
"Prior to this she would immediately come to the fence to greet anyone with a nicker and beg for a rub. She loved attention... Now she cowers in the corner of the stall, not wanting to be touched. My heart breaks each time she shys (sic) away from me."
In an interview with whsv.com, Shipe stated she uses the horses as therapy for herself due to her own illness. It's beyond her comprehension how anyone would want to shoot one of her horses.
If you would like to follow Lady's recovery or help the family, please click on their Facebook page here.
We wish you a complete recovery Lady.
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