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A sad day in Stark County.

by Megan Moncrief on April 30th, 2014
mustang-apaloosa-horse Our local community has been stunned and shocked this week by a senseless act of violence perpetrated against animals. On Sunday night (April 14, 2014), someone shot two horses who were grazing in a field along a rural road in Canton Township, just south of Canton. The horses apparently bled to death as other horses in the field watched helplessly, likely experiencing significant trauma themselves.

Every act of violence against an animal is horrible. An act of violence against a companion animal is also an act of violence against a human being, as the human-animal bond is deep, and when it is broken, the human also experiences great pain. In this case, the human victims are two young girls - one of them a girl with autism whose horse was a therapy animal.

We cannot express how we feel for these girls in words. Our hope is that they will realize that, despite the hatefulness of those who perpetrated this act of violence, there are many others who care and feel compassion for them.

Thanks to the donation from an anonymous donor, Peace for Pets is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this crime. Contact the Stark County Sheriff's office at: 330-430-3800 xt. 0 with any information pertaining to this crime.

We hope that the perpetrator(s) will soon be brought to justice so that they will know our community won't tolerate such hate. Please share our poster announcing the reward if you are on Facebook so that we can get the word out.

Thank you for your help.

UPDATE:

A big thank you goes out to Dick Goddard of FOX8 News, who has matched our $1000 reward with the same amount of his own monies. We believe that the reward money is sufficient at this point, and are not looking to add to it. If you would like to contribute to a fund set up to assist the families, you can donate to Two Horses to be Remembered through any Key Bank or donate online here.

Thank you for your caring and concern.

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