By Trina Orlando

MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A little girl’s pony was shot and killed less than a week before Christmas.

It happened outside of the family’s home on Bingham Road in Mount Pleasant Township.

The Achhammer family was at the Overly’s Country Christmas light display last Thursday night and came home to find their 16-year-old pony named Midnight had collapsed. When they went to bury the animal the next morning, they found it had been shot in the head.

The Achhammer’s have four other ponies, including Midnight’s colt.

Hayley, 6, visited her ponies in the yard each day and is taking it the hardest. Her mom says there is no easy way to tell a child that someone intentionally hurt your pet.

The Achammer’s are speaking out because they are hoping someone will come forward with information that will help police make an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact State police in Greensburg.

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