Pennsylvania Horse Doused With Flammable Liquid, Set On Fire

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“As the perpetrators have not been found yet, I would suggest people living around that area, to keep a close eye on their pets. Whoever did this, obviously got a kick out of seeing it suffer, they are inhumane, cold, calculated & heartless bastards; so just be aware! When caught, they need to have the maximum sentence thrown at them! I can imagine how the owners feel about this sick revolting act. Some people have horses & see them as objects for bringing home money etc., others, like me & this lady in question, see them as part of the family. I wish Northstar a speedy recovery & hope this incident doesn’t have any lasting effect on his normal behaviour!”

UNION CITY, Pa. — A horse was struggling to survive Tuesday after being doused with a flammable substance and set ablaze over the weekend.

“I don’t know what would have possessed anyone to do this. I just know they are sick. They are a sick, sick person,” Jessie Woodworth, owner of the 6-year-old gelding named Northstar, told The Huffington Post.

“It’s a person with a degenerate mind,” Woodworth’s husband, Bob, added. “It would have been much more humane if the person had shot the horse instead of making it suffer.”

The Woodworths boarded Northstar at a 60 acre ranch in Athens Township. Family members found him severely burned on Sunday morning.

“My wife and daughter found him hiding in the woods,” Bob Woodward told HuffPost. “He was completely out of it — in shock. The girls heard him whine for them. He was a mess and you could see where a liquid was poured on him and he was set on fire.”

The Marley Veterinary Clinic in Titusville is treating Northstar. The animal is being administered pain medication and antibiotics. Prescription ointments are being used to help heal the wounds.

He’s not over it by no means,” Bob Woodworth said. “He has burns all over his body. His face is burned right down to bone, his eyelashes are burned off and the hair in his ears and nostrils is gone. I don’t know how the animal survived. It’s going to be a long battle. It’s going to take him a long time to recover.

State troopers from the state police barracks in Corry are investigating. The individual or individuals responsible used an unknown accelerant to set the horse on fire, police said. No arrests have been made and no suspects have been named.

The Woodworths said they have no idea who targeted their horse.

“This is a member of our family. We raised him from birth. There is nothing this animal has done wrong to nobody,” Bob Woodworth said.

Animal cruelty is typically caused by people who are angry or have demented personalities, said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for the Humane Society of the United States.

“There have been a number of psychological studies done and we are learning that people who commit these types of crimes are typically angry and they turn to someone who is more vulnerable, like a child or an animal,” Speed told HuffPost.

The truly disturbing thing about fire-setting animal abuse is that it is one of the three strongest indicators of a future serial killer, as defined by the FBI,” Speed continued. “When a child has one or more of those psychological symptoms, there is cause for concern that they lack empathy that could result in future violent crimes.

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Horse set ablaze sparks animal cruelty investigation

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PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania state police are investigating a disturbing case of animal cruelty after a family‘s horse is intentionally set on fire.

“We went to get him, this is how we found him, all burned,” says Jessie Woodworth.

Woodworth was frantic when she discovered her horse, named Northstar, had been intentionally set on fire.

State police say someone poured an accelerant on the horse and lighted it, causing severe burns and singeing most of his body.

An act that’s unfathomable to the family.

“He’s 6-years-old, going on 7-years-old, he’s my baby. Just a pleasure horse, we’re not show horses or anything like that, he’s just a companion. He means the world to me,” says Woodworth.

“It makes me sick to my stomach. I was sick. My kids came down and started crying, they couldn’t believe that somebody would hurt their grandma’s horse like this,” says Woodworth’s daughter, Loretta Carr.

“It has to be a sick person for sure, a real sick person. Who would take something out on a defenseless animal?” asks Woodworth.

While she ponders those questions, the family is hoping Northstar can make a full recovery.

“It’s going to be week by week. Hopefully, no infection sets in and as along as no infection sets in he should be okay. All of his hair might not ever grow back but that wont matter,” Woodworth says.

“I hope he survives it. He’s still beautiful, but I hope he looks the way he looked again. He’s a sweetheart of a horse,” Carr adds.

(Information courtesy NBC News)

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