JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office say the two horses injured this week on Johns Island and James Island were not injured by gunshots.
On Wednesday, an Animal Control deputy responded to an address on Brownswood Road on Johns Island in reference to a dead horse.
Animal Control reported that the horse was found dead and may have sustained a wound along the side of the head that may be the result of a small caliber gun. However, an incident report released Friday states deputies determined the 3/4" slit on the right side of the muzzle was determined not to be a bullet wound.
That report states the horse was last seen in good health at 2 a.m. early that morning before a neighbor saw it lying on its side around 7:30 a.m. that morning.
Investigators say the next day, the sheriff's office received a report of an injured horse on Dills Bluff Road on James Island.
According to an incident report, the horse received a wound to the left side of the neck, but veterinarians with the Edisto Equine Clinic investigated the wound and said it did not appear to be caused by a gunshot, a report states. Furthermore, no shell casings were found by deputies in the area.
Major Jim Brady with the sheriff's office says the cause of the injuries to the horses has not been confirmed. Brady said while the two incidents are similar, they are not believed to be related.
Charleston County Animal Control is continuing the investigation.