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Arson suspected in Wagoner County after animals are found shot to death

Investigators discovered two dogs and a horse dead at the scene of a structure fire in the Porter, Oklahoma, area on Tuesday. All three animals appeared to have been shot, said Gary Handley, a spokesman for the Wagoner County sheriff’s office.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014
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Fire investigators suspect foul play was involved in a structure fire after three animals were found dead with gunshot wounds.

About 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wagoner County deputies and fire crews from Porter and Tullahassee went to a residence on S 365 E Avenue near Porter and found it fully engulfed in flames.

The discovery of two dead dogs and a dead horse, not burned, behind the residence with gunshot wounds prompted Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert to ask the state fire marshal to investigate the blaze as an arson, said Gary Handley, spokesman for the Wagoner County sheriff’s office.

Investigators are interviewing potential witnesses and persons of interest as the fire marshal’s report is completed, Handley said.

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