REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION IN MADISON HORSE SHOOTING
MADISON, TN – Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), an international non-profit animal protection organization, is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting and killing a Davidson County family’s horse Monday.
The horse, a 6-year-old female Tennessee Walking Horse named Sable, was shot in the pasture at the home of John Coarsey, a public servant of 35 years, on the 500 block of East Campbell Road in Madison between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Neighbors reportedly heard a gunshot between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sable belonged to the Coarsey family, including Heather Robertson, who is a volunteer member of the ARC team and the Senior Veterinarian at the Nashville Zoo.
The Coarseys noticed that Sable appeared to be ill Monday night and called in equine veterinarian who found a wound in her side. The cause was not apparent but she was in obvious and irreparable distress and she was to be euthanized but she died before this course of action could be taken. A necropsy performed by Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory found a bullet that had been shot through Sable’s ribs, went through her intestine, and ended up in her left lung.
“It’s hard to imagine how anyone could take the life of a family’s beloved animal, especially when the animal’s guardian has dedicated her life to saving animals,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “It is unprecedented for Animal Rescue Corps to offer a reward in a criminal case but we are standing up for a member of the ARC family and for justice.”
The family is devastated by their loss and hopes anyone that knows who is responsible for this will come forward. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department’s “urgent without emergency” line at 615-862-8600 and reference case number 20130334616.