State police kill horse on Pennsylvania highway; open criminal investigation


Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers are under criminal investigation after killing a horse that was loose on a Chester County highway last year which they believe posed a risk to the driver safety.

State Police Lt. Adam Reed confirmed the horse was euthanized on December 28, 2021 in lower Oxford Township – about three miles east of the Lancaster County line. Troopers responded around 11:50 p.m. to reports of a horse in the road at Routes 1 and 10, according to LancasterOnline.

Reed declined to say if, how, or how long the soldiers tried to corral the horse before it was killed. It is also not known how the horse was killed.

“Investigators are looking into the methods the soldiers used to surround and later euthanize the horse and whether they involved animal cruelty,” LancasterOnline reported.

The soldiers – who work for J Troop – were placed on restricted duty last month, Reed said. State police have not publicly identified them.

LancasterOnline identified the horse’s owner as an Amish family who declined to comment when contacted by their reporters.

Reed noted that there are state police regulations that deal with the killing of animals:

“Members may use a firearm to kill a dangerous animal in self-defense or defense of another person, or to end the suffering of a seriously injured or ill animal, when other means of disposal are impractical… All actions taken should be documented in the appropriate report.

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