Beloved Horse Dies after Brutal Strangulation


BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. - A horse who was brutally strangled at a local farm in Martinsburg has passed away, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. 

Catnip's caregivers tell WHAG she was euthanized under veterinarian care early Wednesday morning. Her throat had swollen to the point where she was having an extremely hard time breathing. She could also not get up. 

Deputies said on Monday, July 21 around 1:30 p.m., two teenage males trespassed on the family's property along Shepherdstown Road, and tied a black tow rope around Catnip. The rope was so tight it had to be cut off with a razor. 

Catnip was under veterinary care before she was put down. She was a retired polo horse and was blind in one eye. Her owners called her a very sweet girl. 

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office are searching for the people responsible. Subjects are described as white male teenagers with dark hair, about 5'5"-5'6" and were last seen running from the property on the south side of Shepherdstown Road to the Opequon Bridge toward Diesel Drive. It's believed these individuals reside in the Diesel Drive area. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999. 

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