Kansas Authorities Probe Alleged Horse Theft

Law enforcement authorities in Ellis County, Kan., are seeking information connected to the alleged theft of an Arab/Saddlebred-cross mare removed from its pasture at the RMH Ranch in Hays, Kan., on May 23.

The horse's owners reported her missing after discovering that a gate leading to the pasture had been cut, said Ellis County Sheriff's Deputy Garrett Brening.

The bay and white-colored mare and its newborn foal were among several mares and foals residing in the remote pasture when the incident occurred. A surrogate is nursing the missing mare's foal.

Owner Mary Sturdy said the mare may have been targeted because of its more than $7,000 value.

"There are 50 horses on this property, and this was the only one taken," she said.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Ellis County Sheriff's Department at 785/625-1040.

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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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