SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- An area horse breeder says one of her animals was shot in the face and survived.
Nikitia Shipe owns the Legacy Horse Farm in Shenandoah County and said someone shot her horse, Lady, in the face Feb. 11 in the middle of the night.
Fortunately, Lady is healing after they think a bullet passed through her face.
The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.
For Shipe, it's been a shocking experience, especially for someone who says they use these animals a way of dealing with sickness.
"I have a disease that will slowly kill me, and having the horses to take care of and love: there is no feeling like not feeling well and being able to come down here and get a hug from one of the horses," said Shipe.
She works with the more than two dozen horses living on this farm and says she wants to protect them all.
"I went totally blank. It was like fear had just gripped me. I couldn't realize or couldn't understand how someone could ever do anything like that," said Margaret Bennett, the farm's manager.
The owners have offered a $2,500 reward for any information about the shooting.
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