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CARROLL TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A Washington County woman is devastated after her prized horse was fatally shot in Carroll Township.

Jasper was a dream come true for Stacey Guth. He was a rare Gypsy Vanner. But, now, her plans to breed Jasper have ended.

The horse was found shot and killed, and her neighbor’s been charged in the crime.

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(Source: Stacey Guth)

When Guth learned her prized horse was dead, she was rushed to the hospital.

“I ended up in the emergency room, thinking I was having a heart attack. That’s how I took it,” she said.

Jasper was her dream horse. She never imagined she could afford to own him, until Jasper became available in a bankruptcy sale. Now, her heart is broken.

“I just started balling,” she said. “I mean, I just cried and cried. I just couldn’t believe it.”

Last week, Jasper wandered off. Guth said she then heard gunshots just after 1 a.m., and she started fearing the worst.

“My heart sunk to my feet. I knew in my heart. I knew. A little part of me was hoping he shot above him just to scare him,” said Guth.

Based on a hunch, police found Jasper’s bullet-riddled body on property owned by her neighbor down in West Virginia.

Timothy Cain is now charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony.