Meadville Tribune

December 11, 2012

Game Commission seeks help finding horse shooter


Meadville Tribune

EAST MEAD TOWNSHIP — Authorities still are trying to determine who may have shot a Meadville area woman’s horse while it was in a pasture Friday. The horse survived being shot in the head but needs care at an Ohio hospital that specializes in treating horses.

“It’s still an open investigation and we’re asking anyone with any information to call our office,” Regis Senko, an officer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s northwest regional office in Franklin, said Monday. The Game Commission’s Franklin office covers Crawford County.

Sus, an 8-year-old gelding quarter horse owned by Cheryl Gilson, was shot in the left side of the head Friday, sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., according to Gilson. The horse was in a small lot by a barn on Benner Road in East Mead Township when it was struck, she said.

“We’re hoping that it probably was a hunter, but we may never know,” Gilson said Monday.

The Gilsons plan to take Sus to Equine Specialty Hospital in Burton, Ohio, today, she said. He’ll have an X-ray. He should have a good prognosis if we can keep any infection away. There is some shattered bone in his skull and nasal cavity area. Hopefully, it won’t shift and cause more complications.” The caliber of bullet may also be determined, if it is still in the horse.

The horse, valued at around $4,500 to $5,000, is shown both as a pleasure horse and at 4-H events, she said.

n Persons with information about the incident: Contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission regional office in Franklin at (814) 432-3187.