Pinto Mare Reported Stolen in North Carolina

Blue, a 5-year-Pinto mare, is missing and presumed stolen. On Dec. 29, 2009, her owners watered and fed the horses before dark and left them for the night. The next morning they discovered that Blue was missing, leaving the Daltons and their grandson, Dustin, distraught. 

"She was in the pasture with seven other horses and all of them were there except Blue," said Dorothy Dalton. "The electric fence was on and there were no signs that she had gotten out."

After searching for several days, Dalton called the Iredell County, N.C., Sheriff Department on Jan. 4, 2010, and reported Blue as a stolen horse.

Blue is a black and white Pinto mare, about 5 years old and 15 hands high. She has a black head with a star and stripe, and a disconnected strip. Her body is about 70% black with white legs. Her mane is black on the top half and white down to withers.

"Our family is just stunned," Dalton said. "Dustin took good care of his horse. He loved to brush her everyday and rode her often. He's absolutely heartbroken. We cannot believe she is gone."

Concerned individuals and businesses can locate Blue's flyer in the North Carolina stolen horse section of Anyone can print out the flyer and post it in their area. Stolen Horse International recommends tack and feed stores, auction barns, restaurants, and convenience stores.

Horse theft is a crime that is alive and thriving in the U.S. today. It is estimated that thousands of horses are missing each year, and thieves often take horse tack, vehicles, or other items from the same location. With the help of volunteers through, many horses are recovered, and there is hope for victims like the Daltons.

Stolen Horse International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Stolen Horse International was founded in 1998 by Debi Metcalfe after she and her family spent nearly a year trying to locate Idaho, their Paint mare. Idaho was recovered when a flyer they had posted at a convenience store resulted in the tip they needed.

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