Retired Pregnant Race Horse Shot And Killed In Carteret County

Beaufort, NC - A retired pregnant race horse was shot and killed, and now lawmen are asking for your help in tracking the shooter.

Carteret County deputies say someone shot "Breeze" in the head between Sunday and Monday at the owner's property on Taylor Farm Road, outside of Beaufort in Carteret County on the North Carolina coast.

The horse's owner, Elizabeth Loftin, says the horse was worth approximately $30,000.

Detectives say they believe that the horse was specifically targeted and the person who shot her meant to kill her.

Carteret County Investigators say they "are seeking any information that may help lead to the arrest for the person or persons responsible for the senseless shooting and killing of a retired pregnant race horse."

Investigators were back on the scene Tuesday searching for evidence.

North Carolina General Statute 14-360 states that any person who shall “maliciously torture, mutilate, maim, cruelly beat, disfigure, poison, or kill” any animal shall be guilty of a Class I felony which is punishable by a maximum of sentence of 15 months in prison."

Anyone with information in this case is eligible for a cash reward by either calling Crime Stoppers at (252) 726-INFO or emailing

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  • by elizabeth loftin Location: Carteret County on Sep 21, 2011 at 09:04 PM
    WITN....I am Elizabeth Loftin and I would like to submit to your readers and watching clientals.....a photo of. Breeze with her 2008 filly by her side !!!! Thank you.....let me know if this is possiable..I will email you the photo. Thanks, e. Loftin 252 342 1320
  • by Jack Location: Wilson on Apr 29, 2011 at 08:34 AM
    SHE DID IT!!!!!!!!
  • by Giles Location: NY on Aug 25, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    Hi Elizabeth! So sorry to hear about this. The poor horse, what where they thinking?? I hope they find out who did this and punish them to the full extent of the law. Take care Cuz!! G
  • by Elizabeth Loftin Location: Beaufort on Jun 23, 2010 at 09:51 AM
    hi i I'm the owner of Breeze And no she was not insured and there was no amount of money that i would of ever taken for her. She was my girl just as important to me as if she had been a human child. Whoever did this has impacted my life forever. Because knowing that someone out there hated me enough to do such a horrible thing to a perfectly innocent animal. There are no words to explain how i feel. I can tell you i was in the hospital for two weeks as a result of this. Ive had horses since i was 8 years old and all i pray for now is for somone out there who really loves horses to call me at 252-269-7293 and take the rest of my horses to a loving safe home. Thank You
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    It was one of the horses with a red tarp.
  • by Dixiegirl929 Location: Tarboro on Feb 19, 2010 at 11:23 AM
    Is there any update on this? I would like to know if there are any serious leads in this case.
  • by Hugh Location: Swansboro on Feb 17, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    We all know what happened. Hello. Hello. You would be crazy not to know.
  • by Insurance $? Location: HELLO! on Feb 13, 2010 at 03:47 AM
    Been riding since I was 6, am now 31...... EVERYONE knows about insuring your horse. I'll take a bet that she was insured. Wonder if the owner of the horse owns the same type of gun that killed the horse. Getting expensive keeping them, vet bills pile up once yours foals.... you connect the dots. Pretty fishy to me!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2010 at 08:54 PM
    "elderly man", HHHAAAAA!!!! too funny old dude!!
  • by elderly man on Feb 12, 2010 at 07:44 PM
    maybe it's gang related? did the police question the horses on the eastside of town?

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