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Owner of horses shot on farm: ‘As soon as I walk outside, I start shaking’

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Michelle Miner with two of her horses on her farm in Skagit County. Two of her horses have been shot so far, and she now believes the shootings were intentional. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. — It’s a farm under fire. In the last month, two horses have been shot on Michelle Miner’s pasture in Skagit County.

“As soon as I walk outside, I start shaking,” Miner said Wednesday. “I start hyperventilating, I check the treeline, and I wear my gun all the time.”

Her gun has been on her belt ever since gunfire began ringing out around her farm.

Both of her horses are recovering. Jacks was hit in the abdomen. Spencer was shot in the head from long distance, right between the eyes, and is lucky to be alive. You can still see the stitches on his head where the wound was sealed up.

Spencer can still bow, and perform some tricks, but Miner believes he’s changed since he was shot and is permanently spooked.

“He was phenomenal,” said Miner, in tears. “You don’t get two horses in a lifetime like that and they took that from me. They took him.”

Miner initially thought the shots were accidental, maybe someone target shooting in the woods. She now believes they are  intentional. Over the weekend, she said someone took a shot at her while she was on her tractor, the bullet whizzing behind her back.

The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation. A local horse group, the Ripley Horse Aid Foundation, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the shooter or shooters.

Vi Aiken, who lives just behind Miner, said she hasn’t heard any shots, but is worried for her neighbor.

“I can’t imagine how she even has the guts to go outside,” said Aiken. “But then she wants to work outside.”

Lately, most of Miner’s work is keeping her horses out of the line of sight of the wooded area. She wants to leave but won’t, because of her horses like Jacks, rescued and brought to her at the brink of death, and then nurtured back to health.

“I’ve kept him alive, and for him to almost die when I was supposed to be keeping him safe, I can’t let that happen.”



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  • TJB

    How can this shooter not be caught in Sedro-Woolley of all places?? Thank God the gal is brave enough to keep herself armed and is not a gun control freak. If I was her I would be in the woods waiting for that low-life. The freak wants her dead for some reason, it just can't be that hard to figure out who!

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  • D-min

    Glad to hear that she has the guts to talk to the press and openly admit that she carries a sidearm. Way to go!

    Hope they catch the shooter before they get her.

    • ᙓᔕᙅO

      Which would be tough because she's out in the open and the shooter's location is unknown. Very terrifying to say the least.

  • tired worker

    Have two thoughts on this (1) the police catch the scum or (2) she gets them first. Either way they need to spend a lot of years behind bars.

  • Michelle Miner

    Thank you Q 13 for doing the story. We have a couple leads on possible suspects. At least it is something. Far more then where we were before the story was aired. I look forward to the day I can walk outside and just breath! Michlle