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Jackie was a 15-year-old quarter horse who lived on a farm in Groveland. Her owner Tonya Sanders said Jackie was the most special horse she’s ever owned and the two of them loved to barrel race. Saturday night, tragedy struck.”We’d heard gunshots or what sounded like gunshots,” Scott Sanders said.Sander’s husband Scott said they didn’t pay much attention to the gunshots as they are common in their rural location.”Walked outside the next morning to feed and hay and we found Jackie dead on the ground,” Scott Sanders said.Scott Sander’s said Jackie was dead in the pasture and, after his neighbor helped him roll her over, they discovered a gunshot wound.”For someone to have done something like this — there’s no words,” Scott Sanders said.Scott Sanders said he has no idea who would have shot the horse or why, and said he has no enemies.The Sanders farm abuts State Road 19 in Groveland and whoever shot their horse had to drive down a short dirt road to get to the pasture where the horse was standing.The Sanders don’t have surveillance cameras and their neighbor’s camera was not turned on.Sanders said the sheriff’s office is investigating the crime but has little to go on.Scott Sanders said he is hoping for tips and wants justice, especially for his wife’s sake.”She’s devastated, devastated. This was her heart and soul,” Scott Sanders said.

Jackie was a 15-year-old quarter horse who lived on a farm in Groveland.

Her owner Tonya Sanders said Jackie was the most special horse she’s ever owned and the two of them loved to barrel race.

Saturday night, tragedy struck.

“We’d heard gunshots or what sounded like gunshots,” Scott Sanders said.

Sander’s husband Scott said they didn’t pay much attention to the gunshots as they are common in their rural location.

“Walked outside the next morning to feed and hay and we found Jackie dead on the ground,” Scott Sanders said.

Scott Sander’s said Jackie was dead in the pasture and, after his neighbor helped him roll her over, they discovered a gunshot wound.

“For someone to have done something like this — there’s no words,” Scott Sanders said.

Scott Sanders said he has no idea who would have shot the horse or why, and said he has no enemies.

The Sanders farm abuts State Road 19 in Groveland and whoever shot their horse had to drive down a short dirt road to get to the pasture where the horse was standing.

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The Sanders don’t have surveillance cameras and their neighbor’s camera was not turned on.

Sanders said the sheriff’s office is investigating the crime but has little to go on.

Scott Sanders said he is hoping for tips and wants justice, especially for his wife’s sake.

“She’s devastated, devastated. This was her heart and soul,” Scott Sanders said.

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