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Aug 24, 2010 12:59 AM by Andy Koen

Mutilated horses found near Rush

Something strange happened to Mike and Glenda Schneider's horses, but exactly what is still unclear. About two weeks ago, Buck and Princess were killed in a pasture behind their home in Eastern El Paso County near the town of Rush. A third horse, a yearling named King, was also wounded but survived.

The animals seem to have been slaughtered in a peculiar way; their tongues, hearts and genitals were all been removed.

"It was pretty fine cuts it doesn't look like anything was jagged to where it wasn't dogs and we couldn't find any footprints," Mike said.

The carcasses were discovered roughly 300 feet apart and were facing opposite directions which stands out to Mike and Glenda because they say the three horses were inseparable.  The scars on King's legs have healed some, but the animal has been skittish ever since the incident.

They don't remember seeing or hearing anything unusual the night the animals were killed other than the barking of their dogs.

"Bear (the dog) was trying to tell us something and I wasn't listening, I looked to the front of the house and didn't see anything, of course it happened in the back out in the field," Glenda said.

After the incident, a neighbor shared with them his experience from a few weeks earlier in which which a very bright light shone down on his pick up.  He got out to look at it but couldn't make out what it was.  He also couldn't hear the sound of a motor or engine.

Mike is dubious of any extraterrestrial involvement.

"Personally, I doubt it, it was not a UFO," he said. "But there's no denying something happened to em and it ain't pretty."

"A lot of people think it's witchcraft," Glenda said. "I kind of think it was military, and then a lot of people think it's UFO's, I just don't know."

The Schneiders reported the incident to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, but without footprints or tire tracks, there was little evidence to go on.

They say they wanted to make the mutilations public for their neighbors' sake, so that it doesn't happen again.

There have been cases of mutilated livestock surfacing since the 1970's.  Most recently there were four calves that were mysteriously killed in the San Luis Valley last November.

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