RCMP investigating complaints of horses shot in West Hants

Ashley Thompson
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Ralph Morash is thankful to everyone that contributed to the efforts to relocate his herd of 14 horses that grew accustomed to a piece of undeveloped property along Wentworth Road owned by Fundy Gypsum. He’s also hopeful an RCMP investigation currently underway will prevent people from shooting at the animals.

Local police are investigating complaints that two horses were shot in the Wentworth Road area this past fall. 

Const. Ian Murphy, of the Windsor RCMP, says it is alleged the horses were shot near Fundy Gypsum’s property in West Hants in November 2013.

“We received a complaint that one horse was shot and killed and that a second horse had been shot and injured,” he said, noting that the information was filed with the RCMP April 15, 2014.

He says investigators have a suspect in mind, but no names will be released unless charges are laid.

“We do have a person who is basically alleged to have done this and we’re still going through the course of our investigation.”

Murphy says an individual found responsible for shooting the horses would answer to a cruelty to animals charge under the Criminal Code of Canada. In extreme cases of cruelty of animals, the offender could be sentenced to up to five years in jail for an indictable offence, he added.

The Criminal Code of Canada states that a summary conviction in a cruelty to animals case can result in a fine of no more than $10,000, a prison term not exceeding 18 months, or both.

Ralph Morash, the owner of the horses that have recently come to be known as West Hants’ wild herd, confirmed the horses at the centre of the investigation evolved from his herd.

“They were born from the mares that I had,” the Wentworth Road resident said.

Morash’s herd freely roamed an undeveloped parcel of land owned by the gypsum company for years. When the fencing that once separated the horses from nearby properties started to fail, Morash was directed to move to horses elsewhere.

A group of horse enthusiasts stepped up to help Morash, a man in his mid-70s, relocate the herd of 14 relatively untamed horses this winter. There are still two mares and one colt to move to a piece of privately owned property.

Morash says he finds it hard to comprehend why someone would take aim at the wild horses — or any innocent animal for that matter — and pull the trigger.

“What kind of a person could get fun out of that?”

Morash says the shooting in the fall was not the first, but he feels there’s a chance it will be the last if justice is served.



Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Hants, Wentworth Road, Canada West Hants Hants County Windsor Nova Scotia

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Recent comments

  • Fern Mccutcheon
    May 23, 2014 - 13:50

    whoever this person is needs to have the most severe punishment that can be given anyone who can shoot and kill an animal and leave another one wounded for no reason has serious mental problems whoever it is needs mental help this is how serial killers start by torturing and killing helpless animals something needs to be done and quickley

  • aletha lantz
    May 22, 2014 - 20:04

    And I can't wait to see what action if any at all will come out of this ,I am doubtful if any if it's the person that I heard that did it hopefully he will be charged to the fullest if it was anyone else I am sure they would be

  • Marjorie Swinamer
    May 22, 2014 - 16:18

    I thought that students from PEI were coming to help relocate these animals. I also have talked with people from that area that never knew there were any wild horses there. If a person or unhuman being is doing this then what will they do when it comes to other areas of concern? Wow I have always been proud to say that I was born in Hants County, but this is just not right. WHO IS THIS and WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO GAIN FROM DOING THIS? Definitely not respect. Blessings and Love to those who care.

  • Angela
    May 04, 2014 - 09:56

    This is so sad and cannot be justified in any way. This is beyond animal cruelty and when the full truth comes out, the person responsible needs to be punished appropriately. In the meantime there is a horse that needs medical attention and I think we all need to compensate for this individuals cowardly act and do what we can to help.

  • Pat
    May 03, 2014 - 22:41

    If a person shot an innocent animal or animals they should pay dearly.What is this world coming to???