A month after Tory Morgan found her blind pony Kahlua dead in a Shenango Township pasture, the pain of the memory is still fresh in the Sharon woman’s mind.

“I don’t think you ever truly recover from something like this,” Ms. Morgan said Tuesday.

Ms. Morgan, who with her family raises four other horses they keep in a pasture at state Route 318 and Bethel-Wilmington Road, found 10-year-old Kahlua dead April 30.

Because of his wounds and what appeared to be tracks from all-terrain vehicles, Ms. Morgan, state police and the Humane Society of Mercer County believe the pony was purposely dragged and hit by one of the vehicles.

The four other horses had minor cuts and scratches that have mostly healed, but Ms. Morgan said they are still traumatized by the events surrounding Kahlua’s death, which is still under investigation.

“They don’t forget. They’re very smart creatures,” she said.

She’s said they’ve been wary of strangers since the incident, which Ms. Morgan said she’s reminded of daily.

“It’s like a kick in the gut,” she said of every time she thinks about what her animals went through.

Through donations from all over the country and Canada, the Humane Society is offering a reward of $6,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the act of animal cruelty.

“A lot of people want justice done,” Ms. Morgan said.

Sandi Drabick, the Humane Society’s executive director, said humane agents, state police and a local veterinarian are investigating some promising tips that they hope will lead them to the perpetrators.

“We’re bound and determined to solve this case,” Mrs. Drabick said Tuesday.

Ms. Morgan urged Kahlua’s killers to turn themselves in.

“Maybe they are redeemable ... I would like to think their conscience would make them come forward,” she said.



Anyone with information should call the Humane Society at 724-981-5445 or state police at 724-662-6162. Donations for the reward fund can be sent to the Humane Society of Mercer County, Box 1046, Hermitage 16148.