I was just informed of a situation of a stolen horse who was just taken right outside of Roanoke VA. I don't personally know this woman, but she attended my school at one point in time and this is being passed through everyone in the alumni, hoping they will pass it along to others.
From the owner:
"My horse stolen from my farm while I was finishing radiation treatment out of town: Fortune, 16.3 bright bay HolsteinerX with blaze, left hind sock and big, old fashioned, head. Was stolen when a former boarder was moving her two horses and created a diversion to allow a known kill buyer to sneak Fortune through a side door and into the trailer. Please share this with anyone who knows the auction circuits. I fear he may ship directly to slaughter for a few bucks. The local police were little help since I'm out of town but I will get a file reported locally and with state police as it was criminal, not civil. Please keep an eye out for him... super sweet, cuddly kind of horse but will give the hairy eyeball in some situations."
I'm waiting on information on who to contact in case we see him. I'll update when I get it and I've informed them to post his stats on netposse.com.
And because my daughter won't leave me alone until I put this on here...:shock:
Regarding the original horse this thread was about-I messages the owner on fb to confirm and have not heard from her, but according to her fb page she has a trial date of July 9. I was asking if the horse was home....will let you all know if I hear from her.
Here is an update from the owner. As most of you know, the horse was found, and initially the owner said she just had to produce paperwork.......well I messaged her on FB and asked what was happening, and here is the answer. Sounds like the system is failing her, and it stinks.
Conversation started Tuesday
"Is your horse back home? If not, why? All you had to do was produce paperwork, right?"
"That's not all I had to do. I gave them the paperwork and the thief claimed that it was all false so now they have to do a handwriting analysis and fingerprint all documents. The handwriting analysis will take a month and then the fingerprinting will be 2 weeks to a month and THEN they can set a court date. In the meantime, I've filed civilly as well and that court date will be July 9th. The thief is now stating that she might own 30% of Fortune, at most, but officials still won't allow him to be moved till after a court decision. He has some medical issues and now he's overdue to see a farrier and there's nothing I can do for him. It's ridiculous. It's also come to light that the thief has been convicted of child neglect in the past and is currently under investigation by cps for child abuse and running an illegal daycare. Convictions of child abuse and child neglect are confidential and only viewable by cps and some court officials. The laws are horrible in all of this."