Three horses killed by pickup truck in Virginia Beach

Posted at 5:55 PM, Aug 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-13 06:59:35-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - Three horses pushed their way to their deaths in the middle of the night. They were hit and killed by a pickup truck after breaking free from their farm.

Animal control officials tell NewsChannel 3 the horses pushed down the gate of their fence at the Breeze N Farm. Then they wandered a few miles down West Gibbs Road, near the North Carolina border.

Two of the horses died instantly, and the third had to be put down.

Sometime before 2am, police got a call about the horses in the middle of the road after the truck hit them.

Animal control officers say they don't know much about what happened, since the owners of the horses immediately came to the crash scene and took them.

NewsChannel 3 tried asking the owner of the farm about what happened. He told us off-camera, he didn't want to talk about it because he is too upset and he wants to put the whole thing behind him.

The driver of the pickup truck wasn't injured in the crash and won't be charged for hitting the horses.