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Officials Say Wild Dogs Killed Owners Horses

"You know the horse was like my child, ok. I raised her since she was a baby. The donkey was just the sweetest animal I've ever known in my life. And they were my family," said Marsha Peterson, who lost both her animals.
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FALLING WATERS, W.Va.
- In Berkeley County, a woman found her two animals dead after they were attacked Tuesday night.

One miniature horse and one donkey were found dead Wednesday morning. WHAG talked with the owner and she's shocked something like this could happen.

"It's like I'm, you know, the horse was like my child, ok. I raised her since she was a baby. The donkey was just the sweetest animal I've ever known in my life. And they were my family," said Marsha Peterson, the owner who lost her two animals.

Officials say the animals were most likely killed by dogs but that's not easing the pain for Peterson.

"I would have actually felt better if someone had just come and shot them because then I would know, well, you would know who and why and you wouldn't feel so vulnerable for everyone else animals," said Peterson. "But no these are just animals that needed to kill something for fun apparently."

A similar animal killing happened last week to Jean cotton and she's warning her neighbors.

"I just wish to warn everyone that if they have small animals like miniature cattle or miniature horses or goats they should keep  them in at night," said Jean Cotton, her two horses were killed last week.

"And it kind of puts the public on aware, if something happens to their animal they may want to call in that we had another event," says Sheriff Kenny Lemaster with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

And as Peterson buried her animals, she hopes officials can track down the dogs responsible.

"I mean they're doing everything they can but tracking down dangerous dogs that show up at night that's a difficult situation," said Peterson.

Officials are still investigating this case but if you have any information, please contact the Berkeley county sheriff's office. There number is (304) 267 - 7000.
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