"What kind of coward sneaks out here to put a bullet into these creatures?" she said, motioning to some dairy cows, who watch her warily. "They're big and friendly. They're not moving."
She says the cases are similar: "They combine guns and kids and back roads. It's a disaster waiting to happen."
As Craig Allen recalls, the yearling colt just wasn't acting right: It refused to go near the roadside fence at Old English Rancho, a Fresno County thoroughbred farm.
Workers found the creature bleeding from a bullet hole in its buttock. Allen, the manager who is responsible for 600 horses, rushed to check on other yearlings.
It was the start of the most horrible day of his life.
He found another panicked horse shot in the neck, a stream of blood trickling down its chest, and helped lead the wild-eyed animal to the stables. There, several men held the horse still as a veterinarian tried to pass a tracheal tube down its throat.
Within moments, the horse was dead. "He drowned in his own blood," Allen said.
That year, 2005, seven horses were killed in Fresno County, including two fillies that motorists had liked to stop and pet. Several months before the Old English Rancho attack, a rancher found one of his cows lying on its side, kicking its legs in the air, blood pouring out of a gunshot wound in its neck. Another cow was paralyzed. Both had been shot in the back of the head. In all, 16 cows belonging to several ranchers were killed within four months.
Authorities arrested two teens in the cow shootings. One came from a home with 25 guns.
Pat Sample lost eight cattle to the snipers. In court, a judge ordered that the boys apologize, but the rancher refused to hear them. "I told the judge there's something really wrong in our society for kids to act this way," he said. "Why do they do it?"
Not long after making arrests in the cow case, two teenagers were convicted in the horse shootings: a shooter and an accomplice. The 17-year-old shooter maintained his innocence and refused to talk with a court psychologist.
A lawyer for one of the boys says he doesn't understand the motivation in such an attack.
"Rural kids grow up with guns. They shoot squirrels and coyotes as predator control, so the idea of shooting a rifle from a vehicle is not abnormal," said attorney Mark Coleman. "Still, I just cannot fathom the transition it takes to start shooting livestock."
George Kayian, a former Fresno County assistant district attorney who prosecuted all the Central Valley teenagers, said they had too little adult supervision and too much access to guns. "You see something, you shoot it -- and then you drive down the road for a few more laughs," said Kayian, now in private practice. "It's someone else's problem."
Investigators say society is beginning to take a tougher stance on such cruelty. After two college students stabbed a 14-month-old quarter horse named Cowgirl Chic last fall, Texas improved protections for farm animals, creating a legal definition of what constitutes torture that includes inflicting "unjustifiable pain or suffering."
"Most places, you've got to go a long way to be considered cruel to livestock," said Robert Trimble, an attorney for the Texas Humane Legislation Network, a nonprofit group that promotes animal protection laws. "The industry is paranoid that somehow what they do in their routine animal husbandry could be called cruelty. We're working to give these animals some protection."
At Old English Rancho, the same day the yearling died, Allen put down the horse shot in the buttocks because the bullet had entered the horse's abdomen.
A third horse, hit in the shoulder, survived. Said Allen: "We named him 'I'm Bulletproof.' "