Horse attack in Massachusetts leads to increased patrol near local barns


Southeast Massachusetts horse owners are on high alert after one was critically injured with a broken pitchfork in the area last weekend.

Claire Bangert, who owns CB Equestrian in the area, told Boston25 News that she received a call from a staff worker Sunday morning telling her about the 6-year-old pony’s injury. Once Bangert arrived and saw the horse, Scottie, severely injured, she called the local police and local veterinarian.

The vet sedated Scottie and received permission from the horse’s owners, Sue and Glen Buchanan, to remove the weapon from the horse’s backside.

Scottie received surgery, is still recovering and remains in critical condition. The couple said he may have been attacked because of his small stature and trusting nature.

The Harwich Police Department is investigating the felony animal cruelty case and has also upped patrol in the area. The department has also asked anyone with security cameras in the area to see if they saw anything out of the ordinary Saturday night.

“It’s deeply disturbing, and it’s a heinous act on a defenseless animal. We can’t understand who would do something like this and why,” said Harwich Police Sgt. Aram Goshgarian said to Boston25. “We are out here. We are working hard to try to find and figure out who is responsible for this.”

“Monster, beast, subhuman,” Sue said. “We want them caught. We want them to go to jail for a long time.”