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HALL CO. | Reward offered in horse shooting case

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"Lucky" was shot in the neck
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  • LULA, Ga. -- The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot two horses in Lula.

    "We were approached by an individual who wishes to remain anonymous but was concerned about the multiple horse shootings and offered a donation toward a reward," said Rick Aiken, executive director of the Humane Society.

    The Hall County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shootings that happened on West County Line Road last Friday. One of the horses died; the other was seriously wounded.

    The Saxon family owns the cattle and chicken farm on the border of Hall and Banks counties. The family also raised three horses, two of which were shot.

    "I mean, we raised them," owner Carroll Saxon said. "We raised them from colts. They're part of the family."

    On Friday morning, Saxon said his father found Rocks, a Tennessee Walking Horse, dead on the ground in the corner of a pasture along West County Line Road. The horse was shot five times.

    "After that, we came up to check on the other horses, and that's when we found one bullet through the neck of (Lucky)," he said.

    Cody, Saxon's 12-year-old son, grew up with the horses. "Who would do that?" he asked. "I mean it's totally bad, I couldn't think of anybody doing that to a horse."

    But somebody did. Rocks and Lucky were in the pasture when someone shot them for no apparent reason. Saxon said he found a shell casing on the ground next to the road just outside the fence where Rocks lay dead. Someone must have stopped along the road and shot at the animals.

    "They need to be caught fast," Saxon said. "They need to be caught fast and brought to justice."

    But that will take some help in the way of a tip to the Hall County Sheriff Office, which is investigating the horse shootings.

    "Investigators are requesting the public's assistance in developing further information on the case," Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Scott Lilly at 770-531-6879.

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