Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department came across a fiery scene at approximately 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Big Pine Saddle Club. A pickup truck was on fire. Later in the morning as it got lighter, several saddle club members came to feed their horses, only to discover to their horror that nine of the 36 horses kept in corrals had been injured, some with deep cuts, stabs, and slashes across their shoulders, throats and chests.
The suspect allegedly also tried to light the restroom on fire at adjacent Mendenhall Park using toilet paper. Investigators found a shoe print that they believe may belong to the perpetrator.
A day later, an unauthorized Go Fund Me account for the Club had been set up. Readers are cautioned to use only the Official Go Fund Me account authorized by the Big Pine Saddle Club.