15 responses to Amish story updates
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    Comment on Amish story updates (January 11th, 2012 at 07:55)

    What a sad story about the horse. I hadn’t heard that one before. I wonder what would bring someone to abandon a horse like that? It wasn’t even old. 🙁

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      Comment on Amish story updates (January 11th, 2012 at 14:01)

      Good question Jessica. In light of Monday’s post I wonder if the young man is behind the wheel now.

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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on Amish story updates (January 11th, 2012 at 09:01)

    A few disturbing stories coming from the Amish communities lately with the shooting in Ohio being the most serous one for me. And no one should get away with animal abuse regardless if that person is Amish or not, and since the Amish rely so much on their horses to begin with that Amish teenager should have been much better than that. And i think the penalty’s for any animal abuse should be higher than they already are across the board for every type of animal, and how people can be so senseless is beyond me. I have not posted comments in a while and i hope everyone out there had a very nice Christmas and new year. Richard

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      Comment on Amish story updates (January 11th, 2012 at 14:06)

      Richard, long time no see 😉 Glad you decided to come back and post, and I think 2012 is off to a good start.

      I actually just realized I don’t really have a good sense of what animal abuse penalties can be like. Michael Vick and the dogs (he did about 2 years in prison I think?) comes quick to mind but that seemed to be a fairly extreme case with the gambling ring exacerbating it. The hot horse Amish offenders were just fined.

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    Lynn B
    Comment on Amish story updates (January 11th, 2012 at 12:19)

    I cant imagine what would make a young man leave his horse. An act of rebellion, maybe?
    As for the shooting. In truth, Im not sure what charges could be assessed. Involuntary manslaughter maybe, however the problem of proof exists. Once the minnie ball is packed into a muzzle loader, it cannot be removed except via discharge. If you shoot into the ground, there is a danger of hitting a stone, causing ricochet that might affect those nearby. It is fairly usual to discharge into the air. I would question how much powder had been packed in, as it seems to have been more than necessary,however it is apparent to me that this was accidental.
    As for the beard cutters- I am sorry, but that man is pure evil. As the stories come forward of him using the others wives, boarding people inside their homes when they disobey, etc., it is obvious that he is where he needs to be.

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      Comment on Amish story updates (January 11th, 2012 at 14:09)

      Lynn I am a near-total layman when it comes to guns, but that sort of surprises me that discharging in the air is fairly usual as you say…it seems like a designated dirt or sand pile might trump both the air and the ground?

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        Comment on Amish story updates (January 11th, 2012 at 16:56)

        Discharging a weapon in the air is irresponsible and is never considered proper technique. The proper way to clear a weapon is in a designated discharge pit, or a proper backstop firing area. A discharge pit are easy to construct and are not expensive to build.

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    Matt from CT
    Comment on Amish story updates (January 11th, 2012 at 14:29)

    More curious…what happened to the buggy he unhitched from the horse????

    I’ve never seen a tandem buggy hitch!

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      Comment on Amish story updates (January 12th, 2012 at 08:59)

      It is a bit of a mystery, isn’t it. Maybe the buggy got sold off and loaded up right there. I remember driving through W. VA, following an Amish buggy latched onto a flatbed truck down the interstate. No doubt headed for display in front of a business or to decorate someone’s yard.

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    Comment on RE: Wally (January 11th, 2012 at 14:34)

    RE: Wally

    Yes, I agree with what you hinted in your first post, Erik. He likely had a ride waiting to take him to the “wild blue yonder”…or just somewhere else. At least he left the horse tied, so it couldn’t wander off and get hit by a car, and at least he tied him in a very public place – not in the woods where he might die of thirst.

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    Comment on Re: Wally. (January 11th, 2012 at 15:08)

    Re: Wally.

    Recently, I received an e-mail from the humane society taking care of Wally. Wally is a good horse but not quite ready for adoption. Once he is available a press release will be done.
    Now, I’m trying to talk my husband if an 8 hour drive will be worth the trip for an abandoned buggy horse.
    Yesterday, I drove my 9 year old standardbred in our great 54 degree weather. Suppose to have our first snow tonight.
    Enjoy the day that God has given us!

    P.S. Erik thank you for the Amish up-dates.

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    Teresa B.
    Comment on Amish story updates (January 11th, 2012 at 16:05)

    I, too have been following the Amish shooting and the abandoned horse issue. I pray that the shooting was an accident,even though the gunman was negligent. My father was a small game hunter and carried guns in his truck, which greatly frightened me as a child, even though he never got them out or handled them around me. He always said that a gun should never be shot off in the air, even upwards because a person never knew where the bullet would end up.
    As to the abandoned horse issue, I agree that the young man must have left the Amish lifestyle behind, and needed the horse and buggy to accomplish his escape. He probably did the best he could by untethering the horse from the buggy and tying it up, so that it could be rescued. Wondered also what happened to the buggy. I assumed that the horse wasn’t claimed because the young man’s family did not want to endure the humiliation of coming forward.

    Yes Erik, thank you for the updates, as these two issues had been on my mind. As for the Mullett case, I’ve seen news reports and believe that Sam Mullett needs to be locked up for an indefinite period of time. He is a very scary person, who seems to be willing to use sadistic acts to control others. I also don’t believe that he is truly Amish, but an anomaly.

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    Karen Pollard
    Comment on Sam Mullet and Gang (January 11th, 2012 at 18:45)

    Sam Mullet and Gang

    Today Sam Mullet and his fellow criminals pled not guilty to the crime of which they are charged. That’s ridiculous. Just how to do they plan to explain this…the tooth fairy did it? In my humble opinion, whatever happens to him punishment wise, I sure hope they shave and cut their hair to make them all clean-shaven as well. I find it to be a totally appropriate punishment.
    I have also been reading information brought forth by a former daughter in law who claims Sam is basically the leader of a cult where there is widespread verbal, emotional and sexual abuse of women and children. Although I realize this has nothing to do with the crime at the forefront, I would claim he deserves whatever he gets in triplicate! He’s an evil evil man!

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    Comment on Horse left at WalMart (January 11th, 2012 at 20:41)

    Horse left at WalMart

    Could it be possible that the person who left the horse had sold it and left for the new owner to pick up?

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    Helen Farrar
    Comment on orange placards issue (January 12th, 2012 at 09:35)

    orange placards issue

    I have been keeping up with this story in the public media and was confused about whether the reflective tape was an option. There are different reports about whether Kentucky law allows the choice of reflective tape (which the community agrees to use) is a equal option to the orange placards.


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