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Crawford County Family's Horse Intentionally Set On Fire

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A disturbing case of animal cruelty out of Crawford county.
While in its pasture, a family's horse is intentionally set on fire.

"We went to get him, this is how we found him, all burned." Jessie Woodworth.
Jessie Woodworth was frantic, when she discovered her horse, called Northstar, had been intentionally set on fire.
State police say someone poured an accelerant on the horse and lighted it, causing severe burns and singeing most of his body.
An act that's unfathomable to the family.
"He's 6 years old going on 7 years old, he's my baby. Just a pleasure horse, we're not show horses or anything like, that he's just a companion. He means the world to me." Said Woodworth.

"It makes me sick to my stomach. I was sick. My kids came down and started crying, they couldn't believe that somebody would hurt their grandma's horse like this." Said Woodworth's daughter, Loretta Carr.

While State Police continue their investigation, Woodworth is asking a lot of questions herself, the main one, why?
"It has to be a sick person for sure, a real sick person. Who would take something out on a defenseless animal?" Asked Woodworth.
And while Woodworth ponders those questions, the family is all hoping Northstar can make a full recovery.
"It's going to be week by week. Hopefully no infection sits in and as along as no infection sets in he should be okay. All of his hair might not ever grow back but that wont matter." Said Woodworth.
"I hope he survives it. He's still beautiful, but I hope he looks the way he looked again. He's a sweetheart of a horse." Said Carr.

State Police in Corry are investigating.
Anybody with any information is asked to call them at 663-2043.

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