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post #1 of 8 Old 03-13-2009, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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The horses being stolen and slaughtered in Florida

Seems like there is a serial killer(s) out and about stealing mostly paint horses in the Miami area and slaughtering them for meat.

This is not good.

Owner Finds Horse Decapitated In The Redland -

Quote: IDAHO Alert-Pattern shows Miami FL Paint Horses Targeted for Theft

*** WARNING *** This is crucial info for Paint Horse owners in Miama, Florida, but the info is disturbing!

NetPosse has received information from law enforcement and private citizens that PAINT HORSES are being STOLEN in MIAMI, FLORIDA. The pattern shows that paint horses are deliberately being targeted ... but they are not the only stolen horses in the area! However, we need to make paint horse owners aware of this so that they can be PRO ACTIVE in protecting their horses. This is a horrible notice to post, but it must be done ...

From one officer in Miami 3/8/09: ... a horse was stolen on 2/27; the horse was located on 3/5/09. It apparently was walked down the street to private property and slaughtered. The owner bless her heart was on scene when I arrived. The media was also on scene ... I was wondering have you ever encountered Paint horses being used for any rituals or sacrifices. I have noticed the horses that we have located slaughtered are all paints coincidence I don't think so. This is the first horse that was found where it could be identified by the owner.

From a horse owner with a missing paint 3/3/09: We are having a real problem down here in the Redlands with stolen horses. The head and hooves show up in plastic garbage bags on the dirt roads. These thieves don't even make an effort to conceal their horrible deeds. (believe the meat is processed and sold by the pound)

This information is not being shared to scare horse owners ... but if you have a paint and do not know that horse theft still exists and could happen to you or you have not done everything you can to protect your horse from theft, please go to Stolen Horse International, Inc. ~ Home Page and find out what is really happening and prevention steps you can take.

There is no guarantee, but after it happens, too often a victim wonders why they did absolutely nothing.

Do something ... order Horse ID products: - SHI Merchandise Store, Proceeds support victims services and education. or follow other steps found on the site.

Dakota was stolen almost two years ago ... it is more imperative than ever that we find her so that her owner can rest assured that she is safe and she can bring her home! ://

Stolen Horse International, aka NetPosse, is the only 501c3 nonprofit providing horse theft education, and aiding in the recovery of stolen/missing horses, tack and trailers.

PLEASE FORWARD OR CROSSPOST to those who might need this information.

Angela Kirby

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-13-2009, 08:57 PM
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Wow. O,O. That makes me want to go post myself in the pasture with a shotgun. Thank God I live in TX and my horses are in a very small town. My heart goes out to those poor horses and owners. I hope they catch and hang whoever is doing it.

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-13-2009, 09:08 PM
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Wow! That's terrible!

I have a theory about why they are taking paints though. It seems that they are selling the meat, so why not take a horse were you can sell the skin as well? I mean, I'm sure there are a few sick people out there that would why a paint skin because they are just so pretty. If they did this, they get money for meat and skin. Plus, paints are all that hard to find. With so many, I'm sure that a lot of them are out in pastures at night without anyone protecting them...
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I know. D: I'm scared for my instructor's horses, especially since she has a paint on her property.

I live near there too, which frightens me a lot. I hope they catch the thieves soon...

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post #5 of 8 Old 03-13-2009, 10:27 PM
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My good friend lives about 15 minutes outside of Miami; I called her up a minute ago to tell her about this. She has quarter and paints horses, pretty ones too. They live right by the road in perfect view of a passing horse theif. I worries me greatly. I told her to lock up her horses and keep watch until this is all over.
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Sick sick people. I can't get over how some peoples' brains work. I hope this ends soon, I can't imagine the worry and grief that owners are going through right now.
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-14-2009, 05:17 AM
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wow... this is horrible. What a messed up thing to do.

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post #8 of 8 Old 03-14-2009, 11:58 AM
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Well, this is interesting! Being a pure paint owner myself, I can see how this applies.. To be honest I have always had an issue with horse theft popping up, just not having it happen to me. Typically at stables it was more common then on private property out here.

The only real issues that have been coming up lately has been involving Paint theft and shipment to Mexico. We have had some serious cases with nice stock disappearing and making its way south of the border. Apparantly it has become quite the demand there with Paints being cross bred with Arabians. This trend down there has many people interested in getting color crop outs in the Arabian stock.

I didnt put much stock into this until I got an unpleasant surprise on my own property last year. I noticed that there was a truck parked along my property line with no occupants. This was unusual so I decided I would take a wander out and see what was happening. When I crested over one of the hilltops, there were three gentlemen standing around Ember and a couple other of my babies. It urked me that they were touching her and messing around with her. When I asked them if they needed something, I couldnt understand two of the three, and the third's english was pretty bad. So after alot of asking them to repeat themselves, come to find out they were interested in purchasing Ember. I had to keep repeating myself and got pretty rude in explaining that she wasnt for sale. The topic then moved onto another foal of mine, and after getting the point across of how much she could go for, they seemed to lose interest, to then go back to asking how much for Ember with and without papers. They were pretty persistant, but it wasnt until I gave a universal sign of disapproval in their presence, they left. I spoke with one of my neighbors, who reported that they had been coming by the last few weeks, parking in the ditch and standing along the fence line messing with the wires. He also said on a few occassions they had walked onto the property and attempted to catch Ember and a few others.

This really became unsettling to me at the time. I called around to the stables in town and a few other ranches. They too were dealing with persistant persons interested in purchasing and shipping to Mexico. On a few occassions horses had disappeared shortly after visits.

I checked into what could be done to prevent anything I had from disappearing. Someone in my position would be a prime target as its easy to travel down a road and park somewhere away from any house and not be seen. Then with how easy it is to take down a fence and drive away makes it more challenging. I checked into microchipping and even lip tattooing. The problem with both of these methods, is its not visually appearant to border enforcement staff. Papers as with any identity issues we deal can be falsified. My best option was freeze branding my stock. I went ahead and paid a small chunk of change to register my brand and start marking. Now I know brands can be altered, and even covered up. But I can only do what I can. I took other measures as buying a couple german sheppards to stay out with mine when in pasture. Once I save up enough I found an electronic line that can be run along with the fence line that will signal if the line is stretched or cut.

I found this to also be reported in the horse posse site and equine sites alike. Good story and important info out there!

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