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US Officials are investigating who or what's behind a series of attacks on horses in South Carolina

09:42  20 november  2019
09:42  20 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Officials are investigating a string of violent horse attacks in upstate South Carolina that left some animals dead and others with severe injuries.

The Carolina Marsh Tacky or Marsh Tacky is a rare breed of horse , native to South Carolina . It is a member of the Colonial Spanish group of horse breeds, which also include the Florida Cracker Horse and the Banker horse of North Carolina .

Officials are investigating a string of violent horse attacks in upstate South Carolina that left some animals dead and others with severe injuries.

a brown horse standing next to a wire fence: This horse was among at least five attacked  recently in South Carolina.© WYFF This horse was among at least five attacked recently in South Carolina.

At least five horses have been injured in the past three weeks, Greenville and Spartanburg county officials said. One died, and two others were euthanized because of their injuries.

The attacks have drawn the attention of the governor and state law enforcement officials. Residents also are rattled.

One horse was shot and killed in Greenville County, the sheriff's department there said. Another in that county was found with cuts.

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Investigators in Southern Carolina have been baffled by the recent violent deaths of horses . The attacks have targeted five horses , with three “What we are not sure of is whether or not the wounds are from [a] human or wild animal. That' s one of the things we are investigating ,” said Jamie Nelson

SLED investigating multiple horse attacks in the Upstate. Two horses have been attacked in Agents with the State Law Enforcement Division are investigating after a series of apparent Officials in Spartanburg County are investigating similar incidents that happened this month.

In neighboring Spartanburg County, three horses were found with slashes on their hind legs and bellies, the county's environmental enforcement director, Jamie Nelson, told CNN. Two of those horses had to be put down.

"What we are not sure of is whether or not the wounds are from (a) human or wild animal. That's one of the things we are investigating," Nelson said of the cases in his jurisdiction.

The governor is following developments

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said his office "has been made aware of the situation and has been in contact with local officials to offer his full support."

"Our office has also been in contact with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which is formally involved at this point, and will continue to keep a close eye on the situation as it unfolds," the statement reads.

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SLED's assistance was "requested to investigate the incidents and is doing so," the agency told CNN.

Residents met Sunday to discuss the puzzling tragedies, CNN affiliate WYFF reported.

"In this case, they're wanting to do some type of destruction to the animal, and it's intentional," horse owner Ben Few told WYFF of his take on the attacks. His horse, 12-year-old Maggie Mae, was found heavily bleeding from scratches the morning after Halloween and is recovering.

In 25 years working in animal control, Nelson has never seen anything like this, he said

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