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MARION COUNTY, Fla. — One horse is dead and another is recovering after they were reportedly injected with gasoline, WESH reports.

John Hoogerhyde and Leah Greenleaf, who are neighbors, reported the suspicious incident to authorities on Friday.

Hoogerhyde told WESH he noticed a blood spot on the shoulder of one of his horses on June 2. The horse later started acting lethargic and its shoulder became enlarged.

The horse eventually had to be put down and during a necropsy, a strong smell of gasoline emitted from the horse’s shoulder.

“[The person who performed the necropsy] said there’s so much gasoline, it smelled like someone had poured a five-gallon can of gasoline on her,” Hoogerhyde told WESH.

Greenleaf also noticed similar symptoms on one of her horses on June 4. Her horse had a place on its neck that appeared to be a bug bite, but then began to swell.

A trip to the veterinarian revealed that Greenleaf’s horse also had gasoline injected into its muscles. The animal is undergoing treatment.

Police are attempting to find the person or persons responsible for the poisonings. In the meantime, Hoogerhyde and Greenleaf say they have moved their remaining animals to other properties and set up surveillance.

“If you’re the person that’s doing this to our horses, just come forward. Stop it now,” Hoogerhyde said.


  • pattym

    when they are caught, I hope you inject them with gasoline! It takes a low life COWARD to harm any animal!

    • Mr. ED

      I agree with you 100%. Catch the SCUM of the earth that did this and then pump their colon full of gas and stick a fuse up their *** and light it. Or better yet do like in the old west tie a rope around their neck and drag him on a rocky dirt road for a few miles. People like this person that did this is so sorry and worthless that their lives are not worth the gunpowder or lead to shoot.

  • Mimi Sparks

    Hmm seems as if there is a serial killer in the making around these people, they usually progress to torturing and killing people, that is very scary I hope they catch him or her before they progress to humans!!

  • Claire North

    This is so terrible I cannot even begin to imagine the kind of person who would do something like this. to whomever committed these heinous WILL be caught!

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