Mom: Somebody shot 5-year-old girl's beloved horse

Mom: Somebody shot 5-year-old girl's beloved horse
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A mother is searching for the killer of her 5-year-old daughter’s horse.

"There's a very special bond between a little girl and her horse," Laura Devin-Clark told Eyewitness News.

Devin-Clark describes daughter Abby and her horse Flash as an inseparable pair.

"She was crazy about him, so to have to tell her that he passed away was really, really difficult," the mother said Thursday.

Flash was shot and killed on family property last Wednesday, and no one heard a thing.

It wasn't until later that night that Devin-Clark made the discovery.

“I walked out here, and called his name and he didn't come,” she said.

Devin-Clark said she found the horse slumped over at the edge of the pasture.

"I told my dad that Flash had died, and it looked like he had been shot, and he went out and took his mask off, and he had a bullet hole right between his eyes," Devin-Clark said.

Tim Slaughter is the family friend who gave the horse to little Abby.

He said this was no accident.

"It wasn't a bullet hole; it was a hole through the skull. It had to be a bullet. How do you accidentally shoot a horse between the eyes?" Slaughter said.

An investigation is ongoing with the Kern County Sheriff's Office, but the family has heard nothing.

Slaughter built a white cross over the spot where the horse is buried - one last memory of the horse little Abby loved so much.

"She thinks the horse is in heaven with our other animals that have passed away,” said Devin-Clark, “in a big pasture in the sky with lots of apple trees and carrots, and that she has another angel looking over her."

Devin-Clark wants whoever did this to come forward.

"This was a little girl’s horse that was her life, and they took that from her. If it was an accident, please let us know. We just need closure. If it wasn't, justice needs to be done,” the mother said.

The family is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest. If you have information, contact the family at (661) 319-3287 or the sheriff's department at (661) 861-3110.