Horse investigation

Craig Howell's horse that had to be put down (Source: Craig Howell)

CAMPOBELLO, SC (FOX Carolina) – Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Director Jamie Nelson said his office is investigating after a horse suffered deep cuts and a puncture wound and had to be put down by its owner.

Nelson said his office was called on Tuesday from a horse owner Spencer Creek Road in Campobello after the farmer found the injuries to his horse on Monday and had to put the animal down.

Nelson said the case was assigned to the Senior Animal Control Officer due to the unusual circumstances.

On Thursday, the Senior Animal Control Officer met with the owner and gathered all available evidence.

Nelson said investigators also reached out to surrounding counties to see if they have encountered any incidents of this nature.  

He said he did speak with a veterinarian in Greenville County who was treating a horse with similar injuries. FOX Carolina has reached out to Greenville County deputies for more on this case.

The owner of the Campobello horse, Craig Howell, said he is offering a $1K reward for information that leads to the person who did this to his horse. 

"She'd run with the cows and protected the cows. She was the momma to the cows for years and years," Howell said.

Howell said he believes the attack on his mare happened Sunday night into Monday morning.

He said he also contacted SCDNR about the case in hopes of getting answers. 

"They looked at it and I don't know if they pulled pictures out or whatever but confirmed to me that these were wounds that were not consistant with any animal attack in the state of South Carolina," Howell said. 

Anyone with information can call Animal Control at (864) 596-3582.

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