Oklahoma Woman Accused in Quarter Horse Theft

An Oklahoma woman is accused of selling a Quarter Horse that did not belong to her, and of illegally altering the ownership documents connected to another.

In a written statement, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier said a pair of registered Quarter Horses had allegedly been placed on loan with Alana Diane Owens. Owens then allegedly sold one horse to an out-of-state buyer without the owner's permission, Perrier said; investigators found that horse in Nebraska, he said. The second horse was still in Owens' possession when investigators allegedly found altered documents, Perrier said.

Owens was subsequently arrested and charged with felony embezzlement, Perrier's statement said. She is currently free on $5,000 bond, the statement said.

Owens was unavailable for comment.

Perrier said the horses are being returned to their legal owner and the investigation is ongoing.

In the meantime, the TSCRA has offered tips for avoiding the theft of horses or equipment, including keeping tack rooms and saddle compartments in trailers locked, recording horses and tack on video, keeping accurate descriptions of animals and equipment on file, establishing an organized proof of ownership file to assist in recovery, and, when possible, parking trailers out of public view.

About the Author

Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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