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Eight horses - one just a week old and another ready to give birth - died in a raging barn fire in Ohio that lawmen think was set because of hatred for gays.
Because Whitehouse is gay and fire marshals determined the blaze was arson, the scrawlings (anti gay slogans) were enough for authorities to launch an investigation into whether a hate crime had been committed.
The value of the horses was said to be in hundreds of thousands of dollars but Whitehouse, who owns an insurance company in the tiny village in southeastern Ohio, was hurt far more by the loss of Elvis, Barney, Love, Bella and Ethel, Floyd and Princess and her week-old foal, Buddy.
"I just don't understand someone wanting to kill innocent animals. It's like killing a child."