Last month, my sister was looking to lease a horse off of the BO to trail ride. She tried out a haflinger pony, Sabee, and liked him. He didn't belong to the BO, but another boarder. The other boarder, who I will call "T", was offering him for lease through the BO.
A couple days after my sister tried Sabee, T called the BO and told her that she didn't want him anymore and that she was giving him to the BO, and the BO was permitted to place him with another owner if the BO didn't want him. Ownership switched from T to the BO over word of mouth, since T and the BO have known eachother for many years.
My sister decided to adopt Sabee and a contract between the BO and my sister was signed, placing ownership of Sabee from the BO to my sister. A board contract was also signed, board was paid with receipt, she had him vetted under her name, had him scheduled for a farrier because of his over due feet, and put him in training for a tune up.
This past Monday, T randomly showed up at the barn while the BO was giving a lesson and took Sabee. The BO tried to stop her, reminding her that Sabee had a new owner who was paying on him and had him vetted. T admit that she knew this, but she hauled Sabee away. T doesn't have Sabee, Sabee is at an unknown location as of right now. Its said that she gave Sabee to a friend of hers who is in Ohio somewhere.
We were informed of this today. I went up to the barn and the BO wanted to tell my sister personally, so she didn't call. My sister wasn't there today, so she told me and I contacted my sister.
T didn't deny handing ownership over to the BO, and she admit that she knew the BO already gave him to someone. The BO informed T of the new ownership the day my sister signed the contract. There were numerous witnesses on the day T hauled Sabee away.
We plan on filing a police report for a stolen horse tomorrow. My sister has vet receipts, board receipts, training receipts, a board contract and an ownership contract and if he would have been around for next week, would have had a farrier receipt. She will have this in hand when the police arrive. We also know who did this and T's home address.
What can we expect? Any advice? If need be, she will be contacting a lawyer and is already searching for one in our area.
Thanks in advance.