A North Texas family is searching for answers after one of its horses was found dead, while another was so severely injured it had to be put down.
Lisa Henricks believes someone deliberately attacked the animals outside her Collin County home and she wants anyone with information to come forward.
Henricks said she checked outside her home twice Sunday evening after hearing her donkey braying.
"I came out and looked in the backyard with a flashlight about 10:15 or 10:20 p.m., and I didn't see anything wrong so I went back in the house, and my dogs were going crazy and I heard the donkey again, so I came back out in the front to see what was going on," Henricks said.
She still didn't see any problems and said her husband later left for work and she went to bed.
"I woke up Monday and went out to feed my horse and saw that she was very injured," Henricks said. "We called the vet, my husband came out and then he came around the corner and found our other horse dead on the ground."
Henricks said the injured horse, Tootsie Roll, was limping and her eye was bashed in. She was put down later Monday. The horse found dead at the end of a trail of blood, Beauty, suffered a very large, deep gash to the head.
"I was devastated. I couldn't believe it, I was in shock," Henricks said. "I don't know how it happened. I don't know why it would happen."
Beauty was Henricks' 11-year-old daughter's show horse.
"My daughter has a high level of anxiety and she has ADHD, and this horse ended up kind of being her therapy horse. They did amazing things together," Henricks said.
Henricks said a therapist is helping her daughter through the trauma.
"It's very difficult because I can't rationalize why it happened, so it's very difficult for me to help her rationalize how something like this could happen," Henricks said.
The horses never fought, and there was no damage to the fence that would indicate there was some sort of accident. A vet did examine the injuries but could not say what caused them, according to Henricks.
Parker Police are investigating, but release few details, citing an active investigation. The family told NBC 5 there is a $5,000 reward being offered for information leading to an arrest.