Department of Natural Resources searching for answers after horse death

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RUSSIAVILLE – Hoosiers who live in Russiaville expressed concerns their livestock may be in danger.

According to the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR), a horse was put down because it suffered serious injuries after running into a fence. Indiana Conservation Officer Bill Brown said something spooked the horse. The animal had bite marks around his hooves as well.

Brown said he does not suspect a wild animal was on the loose in Russiaville. Instead, he said a domesticated animal may be to blame for this. The incident scared neighbors who were worried something would happen to their livestock.

“First thing I thought was – I didn’t want to leave our horse out at night because I was afraid, you know, something might happen,” Rustee Shoffner said.

Shoffner and her husband Dennis have lived in Russiaville for about 25 years. Dennis Shoffner said while he was worried about the situation initially, he is not worried about it that much anymore.

“(I am) kinda less worried ’cause I haven’t heard (about) any other animals getting attacked,” he said.

Brown said farmers should keep their eyes open for any unwanted domesticated animals that may be on their property. There is a state statute that allows farmers to shoot and kill a domesticated animal or dog that is harming or chasing their wildlife.

“We’re asking dog owners as well to make sure that their dogs remain (under control). It’s against the law for them to allow them to stray from the premisses and there (are) even more consequences if the animal is killing wildlife,” Shoffner said.

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