An investigation is underway after a rescued horse was found dead in Warsaw. Its owner tells Newscenter 16 she believes the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.
It happened in the 3000 block of East County Road 450 South, somewhere between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Friday.
This would be a sad day for any animal owner, but Christina Meade rescues these horses.
Meade says she has always loved horses and made the decision to start rescuing. She has been doing it for about a year and a half now with the goal of providing abused, abandoned or starved horses with a home where they will be taken care of but mostly loved.
So, you can only imagine how devastated she was to find one of her horses dead, and that horse was her very first rescue.
“The way she was laying tells me she fought, she was probably trying to get out of the stall,” says Meade.
It was just two hours before that when Meade checked on her horse Sassy before heading off to the store. She says Sassy was just fine, but when she came back that all changed.
“I thought maybe she was sleeping so I just kept calling her name and then I realized she wasn't. I tried to pick her head up and that’s when I had blood all over my hands,” adds Meade.
She says, after getting a closer look, Sassy appeared to have suffered from multiple stab wounds.
“There's nothing in the stall that could have caused that. There's no nails, there's no sharp boards that could have went straight up,” she says.
Meade says she has reason to believe someone got into the barn and killed Sassy, her very first rescue
“I think that when we pulled up, whoever it was, knew they couldn’t go out the front door. So, they tried to go out the back window and there's blood, you know, around the window and there’s a rock laying on the ground that has blood on it, which one of the abrasions on her chest, I think maybe, looked like someone threw the rock at her. The skin is missing off her chest and it’s about the same size as the rock, like someone threw it pretty hard at her,” says Meade. “Whoever did it they had to have had blood all over them”.
In addition to that, she says the barn doors that she always keeps propped open were shut and there was a trail in the field behind her barn as if someone had run through it.
“Just the fact that I wasn’t here with her. That’s all I can think about is if she wondered where I was and why I wasn’t here and who that person was that was in there with her. Sassy was my heart she was the most awesome horse. I am not going to stop protecting horses or people like you from hurting them,” explains Meade.
Sassy was buried in the yard Saturday. Meade says they are making her a headstone and says she may grow carrots in that area. She says Sassy just loved carrots.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department is investigating. They would not release any more information than that at this time.