Two horses found shot to death on Maryland farm


MONKTON, Md. (AP) — A retired racehorse and a white show pony were intentionally shot to death on a farm in Maryland, according to authorities.

The horses were found slain in Monkton early Friday by a woman who fed the animals, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said.

No shots were heard, and the suspects were not believed to be in the area, according to sheriff’s office documents obtained by news outlets.

Maj. John Simpson said investigators do not think it was a random shooting, but no suspects were immediately announced.

“We believe it is someone close to the farm,” the officer added.

Property owner Charles Grimmel told Baltimore Sun Media that the horses belonged to his girlfriend. She had moved them to his pasture while her own was being maintained, he said.

A veterinarian will perform necropsies to determine the type of weapon used, news outlets reported.