An unknown person has shot and killed 20 horses in Floyd County, Kentucky, in a former strip mining area, according to officials. The shootings reportedly started on December 16.
The animals range from foals to full grown horses and were part of a free-roaming herd. Some of the horses were pregnant. All appear to have died from gunshot wounds.
Dumas Rescue, an animal rescue group, is helping to lead the search for the remaining horses. President of the rescue Tonya Conn said that the remote location and recent rain have made the rescue operation more difficult.
Conn said the herd had around 35 horses in October, seven of which were rescued before the killings. There are believed to be six left.
Dumas Rescue is offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of those who shot the horses.