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Moon is a coming 6 year old registered standardbred mare. She has a freeze brand that looks like 4FC23, but is actually 4FE23. Her registered name is To the Moon NBack. She has been DNA tested. Last known location, Jackson Ohio, February 2014. Moon came from a rescue, was adopted by a woman in Ohio, who then, against the contract, sold Moon to a man by the name of Greg Danials. He supposedly traded her and won't release the name of new owner. Stolen horse report has been filed with police. Reward if found. Please contact Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue if you have any information. She may be passed as Poor House, a mare with a similar freeze brand.
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If it's just a case of this guy not releasing the name of the new owner, it seems like a court order would take care of it.
 

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The horse was stolen from the rescue centre. When you adopt a rescue hose, you don't own it its on a lease/ loan contract. So the woman that sold her on was wrong to do so.

As said above, if they know who bought the horse off her and it is just a case of him releasing the name of the new owner, a legal case should surely be able to deal with that.

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You guys are awesome! I posted this on another site and was attacked. What we know now, is the adopter, who had to go through a very strict application process, vet, farrier, personal and professional references, which all came back great, then a face to face meeting and to evaluate whether the adopter was capable/knowledgable to care for a horse, then signed the contract in the presence of a notary, adopted the mare in September, 2013. As per the contract, 3 month pictures are to be provided to the rescue. The adopter sent older pictures of the mare. When pressed for newer pictures, she sent pictures of a different horse. Rescue then went to adopters home to discuss what was going on. She finally admitted that she sold the mare on craigslist to a man for $300. If she would have contacted the rescue, they would have given her the adoption fee back! However, the man that bought her, then sold her to another man who took her to auction in Pennsylvania. There is a police report and attorneys on the case. However, the newest owner (poor mare) said he would provide her to the rescue for $3500. Now that the attorney has talked to him he is stalling about giving information. The rescue just wants to get Moon back to safety. I don't think she will ever leave the rescue again.
 

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So I am guessing by this latest information that they know she is safe and well? That is a start! Now they just need to negotiate getting her back from her current 'owner'. If she was wrongly sold in the first place then I don't think his ownership of her is valid so it SHOULD be pretty simple to sort out.
 

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The latest news is the man who had her (in Jackson, Ohio) won't reveal where she is in Pennsylvania unless he is given $3500. Won't provide a picture either. This is basically extortion. It is considered a civil suit and will take time. Hopefully the mare is at a good home and not being sent through another auction. The rescue is doing everything in its power to get the mare back. Obviously they don't have $3500, or trust this man. Keep yours fingers crossed for sweet Moon and spread the word if you can. Thank you!
 

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Remind me to never consider a horse from a rescue. One pays a fee, feeds and vets the horse, perhaps pays for training and then you get only your fee back if you return the horse? I think this rescue in particular is going overboard in wanting this horse back. Since the horse is out of state, if it is, it could be 3 states away or crossed the Canadian border. This rescue also tells me that they can afford the services of an attorney. So that's where donation money goes?
 

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Their attorney volunteers his time and fee is waived for the rescue. Their donations go to feeding, medicating, vetting, farrier services, etc. With 14 horses in rescue at this time, they are maxed out. They put more money into the horses than they ever get back in adoption fees. Moon was adopted for $400, instead of letting the rescue take her back and get her money back, she put her on craigslist for $300. No excuse.
They also go to every event around the tri-state area to educate the public. This is a good rescue and they are doing their best to keep Moon from going to slaughter. If she was in a great home, that would be different. They need to know she is ok.
 

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Remind me to never consider a horse from a rescue. One pays a fee, feeds and vets the horse, perhaps pays for training and then you get only your fee back if you return the horse? I think this rescue in particular is going overboard in wanting this horse back. Since the horse is out of state, if it is, it could be 3 states away or crossed the Canadian border. This rescue also tells me that they can afford the services of an attorney. So that's where donation money goes?
While I agree that I would rather own my own horse, this lady signed a contract stating she did not and was willing to do everything needed and agreed with the rescue.

It sounds like the horse is in a specific location and that it's not a wild goose chase. I applaud the efforts to get the horse back to a known safe location.
 

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Fingers crossed! And by the way... I think what he is doing is illegal. He is withholding information needed in the case of a STOLEN horse and now he asking for money to give info?? NO, that's not right. The rescue are 100% in the right and he is in the wrong so I hope this story has a happy ending and they get her back!
 
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