Police look for clues in Sadie’s murder; pony shot in head near Oxford

Published 2:09 pm Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Someone shot an Oxford man’s pony last week, killing the 20-year-old animal and authorities are searching for clues about why someone would do such a thing.

The incident occurred last Tuesday on Dennis Bullard’s property at 78 County Road 253 in Lafayette County.

Bullard said he went out to feed his animals on Tuesday evening and noticed one of his ponies, Sadie, lying on the ground. Sadie was 20 years old and Bullard assumed his pony had died of natural causes. It was already too dark for Bullard to deal with Sadie that night.

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The next morning as he prepared to move her body Bullard said he discovered blood coming from Sadie’s nose and mouth along with a gunshot wound to her head.

“Sadie was a very friendly pony and she would come up to a fence because she loved people,” Bullard said. “In the evenings, sometimes they would gather at the front part of that property by the road, which is fenced, and they would graze.”

Bullard’s assumption is someone pulled up to the fence and his pony walked up to them to greet them due to her personality and that is when the shooting took place.

He walked the road looking for shell casings but did not find any, but he did notice hoof marks in the field that appeared to show the other ponies were startled by something.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified and went to Bullard’s property to process the scene. A spokesman for the sheriff’s office noted they are not sure at this time if the pony was shot in the field or the barn and they do not have any suspects at this time.

Bullard is personally offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible and asks if anyone has such information to contact the sheriff’s office.