CHRISTMAS EVE TRAGEDY: 4 Miniature Horses Killed

Four miniature show horses were found dead in Williamston Friday morning.

It happened at a farm on Thurman Griffin Road outside of Williamston where the horse were kept.

An 11-year-old girl and her mom made the gruesome discovery around 9:30 a.m.

They say it appears a pack of wild dogs, coyotes or wolves attacked the miniatures. Two were found in a field while the others were discovered dead in a nearby stable. Two other full size horses, also in the stable, were not injured.

The miniature horses were between 10 and 13 years old.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2011 at 05:19 AM
    Hey Sarahs friend - they weren't her horses and she needs to stop telling people that they were! She's a liar!!
  • by sarahs friend Location: willimston on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:55 AM
    yall alll were fighting over what ate the animals but the thing is that there is a 11 year old girl who misses those ponys very much
  • by fred Location: martin co on Jan 18, 2011 at 03:06 PM
    coyotes,,,plain and simple
  • by TrapperMan Location: G-Vegas on Jan 12, 2011 at 03:30 AM
    People really do not understand the amount of Coyotes that livee in ENC. Martin, Beaufort, Pitt, Washington, and Bertie Counties are infested. It is time for a "bounty" on Coyotes. The population can not be controlled without one. Beavers populations have been and continue to be "out of control" but the numbers are much better since Martin County implemented a "bounty". The good people of these counties are going to continue to be rail roaded by activists and wild canine lovers. Most of those people don't even live here but insist on releasing wolves and such in or around our neighborhoods. This is not the first tragedy like this that has been reported.Not too long ago a man's goats were killed in Chocowinity.Cows are being attacked and drug down in towns all around the east.This is a very sad situation for all of the people in ENC. The NCWRC is not doing enough to control the population.As sad as this is for the owners of these beautiful horses, its just a matter of time b4 it is a kid
  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    Had any of the horses been partially eaten?
  • by ECHS Show Member on Jan 1, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    I am very sorry for your loss Marlene. I remember seeing your horses at the East Coast shows in the showmanship and trail classes. It is a very sad thing and I could not imagine losing any of our minis. People are being very inconsiderate to you and the others who lost these minis. It does not matter what killed them, it just matters that they are gone. And to the stall comment, it says two were found in a stable, which is a stall, and a stall does not protect them from everything because if the animals wanted the horse bad enough, they could get in. Again im very sorry for your loss and for the rudeness of some people in this world. I will truly miss seeing your babies at the shows. Let me know if there is anything I can do.
  • by sick of wolf/coyote sympathy on Dec 30, 2010 at 12:52 PM
    Anything to take the blame off of the wolves and coyotes, huh?
  • by Jenn Location: Martin Co. on Dec 30, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    I agree with Jean on the pitbulls. Any dog can attack if it's not well disciplined or taken care of (wild). I've known of a full blooded lab to attack a child, and kill chickens. I have a pitbull that lives around horses, goats, ducks, and chickens and she's never shown any agression toward them. This pitbull even loves children and they lover her. Her best friend is a 5 pound dog and they play very well together. We all just need to stop pointing fingers and just wait and see what they say killed the poor pony's and keep the family in our prayers to get through this difficult time. Everyone just needs to keep an extra eye on the family pets and children.
  • by Anon Location: Martin County on Dec 28, 2010 at 05:20 AM
    To some people Need To Grow up........The Rogerson's and The Bundy's have both lost a great deal, but before you post something you need to know the ENTIRE STORY, because Marlene Reed lost a GREAT DEAL in this also....why is it death sometimes bring out the absolute worse in some people???
  • by eddie on Dec 28, 2010 at 05:09 AM
    Mule-power!!!!! Donkey-power!!!!! They will not deter pit bulls though and that is probably what did this.
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