Reward offered

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered in the senseless killing of two horses and a pony in the Dellrose community a week ago.

The animals were killed in the early morning hours of Sept. 27, according to authorities with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department – “We are asking that you please come forward with any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for this crime,” the sheriff’s department posted on social media Friday.

Persons with any information are asked to contact Investigator Nathan Massey at 931-433-9891, Lincoln County Area Crime Stoppers at 931-433-STOP, or message the sheriff’s department on its Facebook page.

The Adkinson family was away from home when the horses were shot, altogether valued at a $30,000 loss, but for the couple’s three-year-old daughter, the loss was much deeper, as her pony, Smoke, was among those shot.

Neighbors, friends and family came to the family’s aid, and friends in the family’s barrel racing circle pulled together to get the youngster a new pony after the incident. Still, the family is searching for answers as to whether they were targeted or if the incident could have somehow been random.

“From the family and neighbors that transported our babies for autopsies, the burial of our babies, each and every one of them here just to comfort us, and even the ones who brought supper to make the day a little easier, we appreciate each and every one of y’all,” posted Chae Ellis Adkinson on her Facebook page.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is investigating the crime in conjunction with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

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