A Smyrna woman is determined to find out who shot her pet horse multiple times, leading to its death.
The love of horses became a late-life hobby for 46-year-old Sharon Maxwell.
"First ride, I was hooked. And I've been riding ever since," Maxwell said.
She would soon get three of her own, but back in January, she looked out the kitchen window and saw one of them on the ground.
A flood of emotions quickly took over.
"I was shocked and bewildered," she said.
Fancy, her 9-year-old Chestnut Saddlebred, was shot to death, and Maxwell believes it was intentional.
"The horse was shot multiple times. It was not an accident," she said.
Rutherford County sheriff's deputies responded to the scene but were not able to recover any ballistic evidence.
The horse was taken to the Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Lab at the Ellington Ag Center in Nashville, but no bullets were recovered since the lab isn't equipped to detect them.
"They don't have common technology like X-rays and ultrasound," Maxwell said officials told her.
Lab officials said it's not common for a pathologist's office to have such equipment. They said equipment used to detect bullets is normally available at a private veterinarian's office.
That's why Maxwell feels if no bullet is found, the person responsible could get away with murder.
"So I have to come out here and look for bullets," Maxwell said. "It's up to me to solve this crime."
Maxwell said she has her suspicions as to who could be responsible, but since no suspect or arrest has been made, she doesn't want to point fingers.
The case is still under investigation by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and the state agriculture criminal division.
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