NC friends in­crease re­ward for killer of the mare Moon­pie

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News - BY JOE MARUSAK [email protected]­lot­teob­server.com Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067; @jmarusak

Friends of a dark brown mare named Moon­pie have in­creased the re­ward for in­for­ma­tion about who killed her in a small, en­closed Gas­ton County pas­ture.

The 4-year-old quar­ter horse was shot four or five times late last Sun­day in her pad­dock off Rankin Road, the farm’s owner, Cassie “Buckie” Dumas, posted on the “Jus­tice for Moon­pie” Face­book page she cre­ated.

Dumas started the page in hopes of get­ting in­for­ma­tion “that helps lead to an ar­rest into the per­sons re­spon­si­ble for this hor­rific crime,” she posted. “We be­lieve it is at least 2 in­di­vid­u­als.”

She urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact her via Jus­tice for Moon­pie or call the Gas­ton County Po­lice De­part­ment at 704-866-3320.

The re­ward be­gan at $500 but has climbed to $2,000 as dona­tions poured in, Dumas said on the Face­book page.

Dumas de­scribed the re­sponse as “over­whelm­ing.”

“We want to find out who did this, but we also want peo­ple that just want to help to be able to do- nate to a wor­thy cause,” Dumas added in Wed­nes­day’s post. “So we are look­ing into lo­cal Horse Res­cues, to see about let­ting peo­ple do­nate on her be­half.”

Dumas told Ob­server news part­ner WBTV that she heard 18 gun­shots that night.

“It’s re­ally a hor­rific idea,” Dumas told WBTV. “Truly, I can’t imag­ine what was go­ing through some­body’s mind.”

So­cial me­dia re­acted with ou­trage.

“I’m so sorry that sweet horse crossed paths with pure evil,” a wo­man posted. “It’s just sick that spine­less cow­ards do that to in­no­cent an­i­mals.”

“I re­ally hope you find the piece of crap that did this to this de­fense­less fur baby,” an­other wo­man posted.

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