Five Horses Stolen from Florida Pasture

Five horses have been reported stolen from their Tampa-area pasture. An eyewitness watched the situation unfold, unaware the animals were being stolen.

The thieves pulled up a fence post, cut the fence, and released two horses of their own to help them corral the others that were grazing in the pasture. The thieves then drove through the fence, loaded the horses, came back through and re-tied the fence to make it look like the fence was still up.

The incident took place in the 7400 block of Williams Road of Seffner, Fla., on Sept. 5, 2009. Two men, one described as tall and slender, the other chunky with a goatee, worked with a heavyset blond woman as they talked with a neighbor who didn’t know they were stealing the horses.

The thieves were able to drive away with five horses, two of which are listed with Stolen Horse International, in a truck described as a new model maroon Dodge Dully. It was pulling a green combo stock trailer which might have a white canvas top.

The horses included Sundance, a 1,300-pound palomino gelding and Shilo, a brown Paintaloosa mare with four white stockings. Authorities say a dark brown Shetland pony stallion with a flaxen mane and tail, a blue roan paint mare with large dark spots, and a dark bay mare with an injured hip and a limp were also stolen.

There is some concern that the thefts could be linked to the spate of horse killings in the Miami-Dade County area. Stolen Horse International reported an unconfirmed tip that the truck, trailer, and horses were seen traveling in the Miami-Dade area.

More information and a reward flyer regarding Sundance and Shilo.

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