SLED confirms horse attacker

Published 1:38 pm Friday, December 13, 2019

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) concluded on Wednesday afternoon through a press release that the Upstate horse attacks have been caused by wild boars in the surrounding area, closing the Upstate horse attack case. 


Working with Spartanburg, Greenville and Polk County Sheriff’s Departments, SLED sought to get an answer out to locals about the recent horse attacks. The press release stated that the investigation was based off of five attacks which took place within a four-week time period, within Spartanburg and Greenville counties. According to the press release, boar tracks and video footage of the wild boars in the surrounding areas is what confirmed SLED’s decision that the attacks were caused by boars. 

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Greenville County Sheriff, Johnny Mack Brown, shared, “While all of these incidents were extremely unfortunate, I am very thankful for the men and women who worked tirelessly to investigate these cases.” Brown continued, “In addition, I want to convey to our community members that our agency has and will continue to patrol these rural areas to ensure our citizens and their respective animals are safe and secure and for them to know that we have an active, open channel of communication for anyone who has questions or concerns.”


SLED did share in the release the fact that the number of wild boards has increased significantly in the last few years. Due to their increasing number, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has authorized that these animals can be hunted day and night with a special permit. For more information about the increasing boar numbers and how to handle the animal can be found on the DNR website along with more information on the hunting permit. 

By Carson Parnell