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Investigators rule out neighbor as suspect in Cohutta horse shooting

Tammy Elliot has taken care of horses since she was a teenager. She and her husband built a barn behind their home four years ago. (Image: WTVC)

UPDATE (Tuesday):

In a news release Tuesday, the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office says a neighbor of Tammy Hamilton has been ruled out as a suspect in the shooting death of one of her horses.

Investigators say they spoke with the neighbor, who shoots and takes target practice in the area, and say the person was fully cooperative with the sheriff's office.

As a result of the interview, investigators found that the neighbor was not at home during the incident.

The sheriff's office says the case remains active, and investigators are following up on other leads.

Depend on us to keep you posted.


UPDATE (Monday):

On Saturday, Tammy Hamilton of Cohutta told us that someone shot and killed one of her horses.

A report from the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) says a neighbor of Hamilton's was a suspect in the case, but the neighbor was later ruled out as a suspect.

The WCSO report says that the horse that was killed was shot twice in the neck, and fell over after being shot, making it look like the horse had broken its neck.

We'll keep following this case and bring you updates as we learn more.


PREVIOUSLY (Saturday):

A woman finds one of her horses shot and killed inside of the barn behind her home in Cohutta.

Tammy Hamilton has taken care of horses since she was a teenager. She and her husband built a barn behind their home four years ago, where they take care of three: Pearl, Clyde and Buddy.

"It's expensive," she said. "But its worth it."

Friday night, Hamilton walked to the stable where Pearl lives. She found a gruesome scene.

"We found Pearl here and thought she broke her neck," Hamilton said. Worried, she called the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office and a detective gave her horrifying news.

"He looked at the horse and they told me she didn't break her neck, someone shot her twice," said Hamilton. She says two days before the Friday night shooting, one of her other horses was attacked. Hamilton says these are signs that someone is targeting her favorite animals, and she has no idea why.

"Nobody knows nothing? Somebody has to know something!" she said. "Help me find who done it and prosecute them to the fullest. They murdered this horse. She was a baby."

Hamilton says she filed a report with the sheriff's office. She's considering offering a reward for any information.

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