Family seeks answers after pet horses attacked

A Collin County family is desperate for answers about who attacked and killed their daughter's horse.

It happened at their home in Parker, and they say a second horse was injured so badly, it had to be put down.

Lisa Henricks woke up Monday morning to find one horse had been killed and the other injured.

“It was awful,” said Henricks. “It was devastating. It was shocking.”

The horses, Tootsie Roll and Beauty, were 15 years old.

The first clue Henricks had that something was wrong was late Sunday night.

“Sunday night, I heard our donkey making noise,” she said.

She grabbed her flashlight.

“I saw Tootsie Roll's eyes looking at me,” said Henricks. “So I figured everything was OK.”

There are no light poles in the pitch black darkness around her home, so she had to search her yard in the 5000 block of Old Gate Lane in Parker, west of Plano.

She didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.

Neither did her husband, who left for work a little after 11 p.m., until the next morning.

“Went into the barn to feed my horses,” said Henricks. “And Tootsie Roll was in there. She was sweating profusely. She was in a ton of pain.”

Henricks says the horse’s front left eye socket was crushed, and she couldn't walk on her front left leg. The horse had to be put down.

Beauty was nowhere to be seen. The two horses were always together, so Henricks’ husband went to the front pasture.

He saw the dead horse.

“It look like somebody had taken an axe to her head,” said Henricks. “The whole left side of her head was smashed completely open.”

What’s worse -- Beauty is Henricks’ 11-year-old daughter's show horse. Henricks says the little girl is not taking this well.

“She's devastated,” said Henricks. “My son doesn't understand yet.”

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