Ohio Authorities Investigate Horse Thefts

Ohio law enforcement authorities are investigating the theft of three horses from the Fulton County Fairgrounds last month.

Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller said that the horses' owners reported the animals missing when they arrived at the Fairgrounds stables at about 7 a.m. on Dec. 29, 2012.

"The owners were at the fairgrounds doing chores on Dec. 28 between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and there horses were there," Miller said. "Our deputy made his rounds about 7 p.m. but did not go into the barn, so we think (the theft) happened between 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m."

Miller said two of the horses are bay Standardbreds and the third is a black Standardbred. All three of the horses have identification tattoos, he said, and the animals have been valued at $5,000 each. All were being boarded at the fairgrounds barn at the time of the incident, he said.

"Some of the owners stable their horses at the fairgrounds," Miller said. "Owners can also use the fairgrounds track for training."

Miller said it is unlikely that the horses are still in Fulton County, however he hopes someone from the harness racing community can help him locate those responsible.

Anyone with information should call 800/255-1122.

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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