Horse shot in pasture

A 3 year old bay warmblood mare was found dead in the pasture by owner Dr. Anne Baskett who lives at 744 John Weaver Road early in the morning of Thursday January 17th .

The horse was sent to the Western Carolina Diagnostic Laboratory for a necropsy and it was discovered that the horse had been shot in the heart by a .22 caliber rifle sometime between midnight and 6 a.m.

The horse was in a pasture that borders John Smith Road.

If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact Polk County Sheriffs Office at 894-3001 or 894-0187 after normal business hours to speak with an officer.