Police confirm no charges in Hants County horse slaying

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 people will stop shooting at the animals.

The investigation into the shooting of a horse belonging to a well-known herd in West Hants has concluded without charges.

“Our investigation revealed that the person who killed the horse did it on the advice of a vet,” said Sgt. Al LeBlanc, a provincial RCMP spokesperson.

“The horse was basically put out of its misery to prevent further suffering,” he added.

LeBlanc was unable to provide specifics as to why it was believed the horse was suffering, who pulled the trigger, if someone admitted to the act, or which veterinarian was involved. He said more information would have been released if charges were laid and the case was dealt with in court.

“Our investigation is complete and there is really no evidence to substantiate cruelty to animals charges,” he said.

On April 15, a complaint was lodged with RCMP stating that two horses had been shot in West Hants.

While it’s uncommon, LeBlanc said, a closed investigation could be reopened if necessary.

“We would have to have new information – new credible information – that would make us reinvestigate a case. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen.”

The horses belonged to an untrained herd that Wentworth Road resident Ralph Morash, 76, has been tending to for decades.

The herd started making headlines this past winter when a Facebook page was created to help Morash move the horses from land owned by Fundy Gypsum’s parent company.


Organizations: RCMP

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

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Recent comments

  • TCK
    June 03, 2014 - 07:05

    I remember as a kid looking out the back window of the car on are way to town trying to catch a glimpse of the wild horses or the tourist watching the hurd why waiting for the tidal bore it was one of the few things this community and Windsor had to offer people, aren't going to be happy till thires nothing left but a ghost town ( no work no tourists no sights or seans that make us unique anymore that is unless u like the condemned houses and crapy roads oh and lets not forget the people having to relied on the government to feed there kids what integrity do we have left?) we don't have the right to freedom just ask the horses

  • RA
    May 27, 2014 - 17:47

    Two horses shot, no explanation. A friend of the RCMP, maybe an RCMP officer? Who knows the truth, we certainly will not. I can certainly understand putting an animal out of it’s misery, if that is in fact the case. I find it hard to believe that two horses had to be put out of their misery, sounds like a cover up to me.

  • Gena
    May 27, 2014 - 16:29

    I spoke with the vet referred to in this article this afternoon after someone referred me to this page. She states very clearly that she wrote a letter in December of 2012 (a full year before any horse was shot and killed!!!!!) stating only that shooting a sick and injured horse was one humane way to euthanize a horse. She also stated very clearly she never saw the horse that was shot, or any of the horse from this herd. I will be bringing this to the attention of the RCMP promptly.

  • horse advocate
    May 27, 2014 - 14:27

    No vet recommended this horse be shot. The suspect had only a letter stating shooting a horse is humane if it is sick.