Petting Zoo Animals Found Dead at Ranch

The owners and workers of Lost River Ranch are still coming to grips with the deaths of some of their animals. The ranch is located on Horseshoe Bay between Wichita Falls and Iowa Park.

Tuesday morning the owners discovered that seven rabbits were killed; one wallaby killed; a pig, rabbits and deer injured; and a deer and wallaby were missing. The pig was found with stab wounds, it is barely hanging on. The injured deer also had wounds on its head and ear.

They know who did this or why. The animals were part of a petting zoo that has been around for about a year, though the owners of the ranch have lived there about a decade.

They said that three days ago someone broke onto the property and stole saddles and then this happened.

"It doesn't make any sense to me," said Ranch Manager Sabrina Hayes.

"Being rough on an animal is one thing but taking a half pound rabbit and smooshing it. That is something else," said Jordan Whitaker, he visits the ranch often.

There was no surveillance video on the property so owners have little go with. They are positive it was a person because latches were broken and the animals were not eaten, but rather had broken bones or stab wounds. Still the question remains, why.

"These animals were  part of a petting zoo they were extremely friend animals," said Hayes. "Whoever came in there and hurt them these animals went right up to them, and this is what they got."

It is possible that the person who broke onto the property three days ago and stole saddles may be responsible. One of the saddles is described as having SH engraved. Another has a pink seat. The last saddle is a Booger Barter Trophy Saddle.

The owners are asking anyone to come forward with any information. They are offering a $1,000 reward. You can report any information to the Wichita County Sheriff's Office at 720-5000.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6