Family Horse Shot to Death

Horse killed on first day of deer hunting

WOLFSVILLE, Md. -- A Frederick County family says their horse was shot Saturday, which was also the first day for open hunting on deer in the state.

Vernon Stottlemyer found his family's 12-year-old horse, Prince, lying dead on their farm. The horse had been shot in the stomach, he said.
Stottlemyer doesn't believe the horse was shot intentionally and thinks a hunter might have mistook the horse for a deer.
The farm is located near a thick wooded area, and Stottlemyer said he heard many shots this weekend. As a hunter himself, he said the horse appeared to be shot by a high-powered rifle.
As of Sunday, local authorities were unable to comment.
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