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Hanover County authorities are investigating a case of animal cruelty after a horse was found wounded last week from a possible gunshot.

The horse, named Penny, was discovered in the 13000 block of Farrington Road on Wednesday with a wound to the side of her chest that was consistent with a gunshot.

Investigators with the Hanover Sheriff’s Office are seeking information that would help identify any people in that area — particularly if they were hunters or target shooters who discharged firearms near the horse’s home.

“The Sheriff’s Office asks that all persons handling firearms practice safe measures and always consider what lies beyond your intended target,” a department spokesman said in a release.

Anyone with information about this incident — or who can identify a suspect — can call the Hanover Sheriff’s Office at (804) 365-6140 or Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

The public can also download the P3 Tips app for mobile devices to submit a tip.

Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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