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Timothy Diggs Shoots, Kills Amish Buggy Horse

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Pennsylvania man Timothy Antonio Diggs, 22, has been charged after he shot and killed a horse pulling an Amish buggy.

On Nov. 24, an Amish family of five reported hearing a “loud noise, described as sounding like a firecracker” as a car drove past them. Their horse ran wildly for a few moments before the buggy’s operator was able to get the animal to settle down. The family arrived home safely.

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After arriving home, the family noticed blood coming from the horse’s mouth. They then saw a gunshot wound to his chest. The “firecracker” sound they heard was a gunshot. The family called a veterinarian to their home, but the horse died before the doctor reached their residence.

A necropsy of the horse confirmed that it died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

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The East Lampeter Township Police Department conducted an investigation on Feb. 12, 2014. It identified Diggs as the shooter.

Diggs is being charged with five counts of recklessly endangering a person, cruelty to animals, and propulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle or onto a roadway.

This is not Diggs' first run-in with the law. A December raid of his home found a stolen motorcycle and stolen firearms from two separate burglaries.  Diggs is currently incarcerated at the Lancaster County Prison. 

Sources: The Smoking Gun, East Lampeter Township Police