The horse's owner, Nellie Lewis, accompanied by Harry King, visited the spot where Snippy had been found. She reported finding a flattened bush and what seemed to be exhaust marks. She also said she smelled a strange, sweet odor, "like incense." She picked up a piece of the horse's mane and felt it burn her hands. Later she reported her boots were found to be radioactive. She remained convinced that extraterrestrials had done this to her horse.Some however, remained skeptical, including Dr. Robert Adams, a pathologist and member of the University of Colorado's Condon Commission on UFO's, who performed an autopsy on Snippy and reached a different conclusion.
“I know it's going to pop the bubble, but the horse was not killed by a flying saucer.” Dr. Adams said his findings at this point are speculative, but there was some evidence that severe infection had been present in the right flank area.
Since the incident of Snippy the horse, UFO sightings have been commonplace throughout the eastern end of the San Luis Valley from San Luis in the south to Poncha Pass in the north. There is a UFO observation deck (public access for a fee, complete with geodesic dome and gift shop) north of the small town of Hooper, and only a short distance from the Great Sand Dunes (Short video highlighting the UFO observation deck).
The local sheriff's office investigated: