UPDATE: Six more horses found shot to death in Floyd County

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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) –  Six more horses were found shot to death in Floyd County, according to officials.

The bodies were discovered while gathering evidence, according to Dumas Animal Rescue.

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They say the deaths appear to be connected.

Officials say the reward for information leading to the arrests of the suspects has increased from $15,000 to $20,000.

On December 16, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department was called out to an old strip mine near the Pike and Floyd County line, where someone reported five of their horses dead.

The rest were strays but Megan Goble, of Dumas Animal Rescue, says the horses had been in that area for years and the community pitched-in to care for them.

Some of the horses were pregnant and miscarried, some were yearlings, and foals.

“One had been shot in the face. There were several that had signs that they struggled before they laid there and died,” says Goble.

Detective Kevin Shepherd says the area could only be reached by ATV’s and believes the weapon the suspect(s) used was a small caliber.

This would be painful anywhere but particularly in Kentucky, the horse capital of the world.

“It was awful. Fifteen years of me working and I’ve never been involved with this many horses or livestock that were just shot down,” says Detective Kevin Shepherd.

He and Goble say the strip mine looked like a battlefield that day.

“I’m upset. I’m heartbroken. I’m mad and I’m scared because whoever done this is someone still walking around in our little community,” says Goble.

Anyone with information is asking to call the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 886-6171.