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SW Ohio community spooked over animals killed

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Some residents of a rural southwestern Ohio farming community say they are spooked after a number of farm animals were hurt or have turned up dead under suspicious circumstances.

It's happening in Butler County, northwest of Cincinnati, amid rolling farm fields of sprouting corn and soybean plants.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/18Y9x0t ) reports that two miniature horses were found dead this week in a field after disappearing last month. That pasture borders a field where four sheep were found hacked to death, and two horses and four more sheep were severely injured in May.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office is investigating, but detectives say they don't know if the incidents are linked.

Neighbors say they think a person — not a predator — attacked the animals.

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