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.
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.
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.