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Reward offered for West Virginia horse strangled: Two teens seen running away

Please call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department with any information on the terrible case of animal cruelty causing the death of this horse.
Please call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department with any information on the terrible case of animal cruelty causing the death of this horse.Facebook/ Catnip reward

Catnip was a 20-year-old Thoroughbred enjoying retirement; she was blind in one eye and suffered from a bad knee, but she grazed lazily at her home in Martinsburg, West Virginia until two teens tied a black tow rope so tightly around her neck early this week, the rope had to be cut off reported the heraldmailmedia.com reported.

On Wednesday, Berkeley County Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster announced that Catnip died as a result of her injuries.

Catnip's eyes were swollen shut and her tongue was so swollen, veterinarians had to pump water into her stomach to help hydrate the suffering horse. Her owners Derek and Kija Wilson have offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the teenagers allegedly seen running from the field. The juveniles were described as white, having dark hair and approximately 5'5" to 5'6" in height. Wilson chased them from Shepherdstown Road to the Opequon Creek bridge and to the area of Diesel Drive.

Someone must know something about this heinous crime and the culprits responsible. Please call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304.267.7000 and help bring these animal abusers to justice in the memory of Catnip.

Rest in peace Catnip.

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