SPRINGFIELD (KDKA) — Police are investigating a case of animal cruelty in Fayette County.

A horse was shot sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Police are now trying to find out who shot the animal and why.

It happened on Gans Hill School Road in Springfield and it didn’t take long for word of what happened to Edith Buncic’s horse to spread among neighbors.

“It got killed about eight o’clock that morning and they told me that cops [came] up and asked some questions and they were supposed to be looking, finding out who did that – shot it in the head,” Edith Reese, a neighbor, said.

The 81-year-old now has five horses on her Fayette County farm, along with some other animals.

“She’s got cows and horses and stuff like that,” Reese said.

Police say the horse that was shot was in a barn at the time. They are trying to determine if this was done on purpose.

“Without the information from the report, I can’t say if this was, this firearm was discharged at close range or not, so obviously that would play into whether we were looking at this being an accidental shooting of an animal or not,” State Trooper Scott Krofcheck said. “If it was at a fairly close range, obviously we would suspect that it was an accident.”

If you have any information about the person who shot the horse, contact Pennsylvania State Police in Uniontown.

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