LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas (FOX 26) - Since November, three pet horses have been shot and killed in Liberty County. The horses belonged to little girls from different families.
The Brock family was targeted twice. Their first horse, Sonny, was shot in the head on December 23. Sonny was 5-year-old Arian Brock’s companion.
“They didn’t kill him. He was down and he was still alive suffering. And, I had to lay there and just pray with him until I could get someone to come euthanize him,” said Camie Brock, Arian’s mother.
A rescue group heard Arian’s story and donated another horse, Sunshine, in early January. On Monday morning, Sunshine was found dead on the family’s property. The family believes Sunshine was hit with a crossbow.
“[Arian’s] really sad. She doesn’t understand why someone would kill her horses,” added Brock.
The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the two family’s cases. Captain Ken DeFoor with the department says it’s too soon to tell if all the cases are connected.
“If it turns out to be the same person, our concern is she or he going to be discontent with killing animals and then move on to humans,” DeFoor told FOX 26 News.
The Brock family has also hired a private investigator and, they say, the community pulled together a $20,000 cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.
In November, a pony named Chicken Nugget was shot and killed in Liberty County. The pony was 5-year-old Riley Brett's best friend.
Anyone with information on any of these cases can contact the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department at (936) 336-4500.
The Brock family is also requesting anyone with information to contact Carla Edwards at (936) 402-4570.