ANDERSON, Ind. - Police are investigating after two horses were found shot, one fatally, on Anderson's south side.
The animals' injuries were discovered just after 3 p.m. Wednesday in their pasture in the 1500 block of West 60th Street, Anderson police said.
Robert Stone, the horses' owner, said he got the call at work.
"'Lucy's dead and Sonny is standing up bleeding,'" the caller told Stone. "And that was enough, I left here and went straight out there."
One horse was pronounced dead. The other was listed in critical condition at Purdue University's animal sciences division.
The horse that died, Lucy, was the mother of the critical horse, named Sonny.
Detectives said they found .40-caliber shotgun shells and handgun bullet casings at the scene.
"It's just unbelievable," said Robert Orebaugh, who owns the farm where Stone kept his horses. "It took some cruel person to do this."
Stone said he is sick to his stomach over what happened to his horses.
"They were my babies, I raised both of them," Stone said. "They were two of a kind, both Tennessee walking palominos, just good horses. They would just come running to me."
Orebaugh said this tragedy extends to the entire community.
"It's not just the horses," he said. "It's the people that drive by, enjoy the horses, show their children the horses."
The community is now only left with memories of Lucy and concern for Sonny.