Officials are investigating after they say at least 20 wild horses were found shot dead in Kentucky, WISH-TV reports.
Workers from the nonprofit organization Dumas Rescue and other local entities say that they recently discovered six dead horses on a strip mine in Floyd County.
Those six horses were among the 20 that have been found dead in the area in recent weeks, adding to a growing problem in the area.
Police say that the horses in the mountainous area, while still wild, are very used to human contact, with many people coming to the region to admire and feed the animals.
Police detective Kevin Shepherd said, “It’s sad that them just being friendly with people and seeing people all the time probably was a reason that they were shot.”