Wandering Horses Spotted in New York State Park

Volunteers and law enforcement personnel are scouring the 2,500-acre Mallet Pond State Park in Central New York in search of three horses spotted roaming the park earlier this month.

Debi Metcalfe, founder of Stolen Horse International Inc., said that on Oct. 19, a group of college students in the park for a field trip spotted the horses. They then filed a report with Stolen Horse International. According to the students' report, one of the horses appeared to be very thin, and all appeared have shaggy coats. The horses bolted away when the students tried to approach them, Metcalfe said.

Metcalfe said the horses could have entered the park after escaping their enclosures or could have been abandoned in the park by their owners.

"These horses could also be survivors of flooding resulting from Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, or another storm," Metcalfe said. "Anything is possible."

The latest search for the horses took place on Oct. 25, Metcalfe said. Earlier less expansive searches failed to locate the horses, but she hopes someone locates the animals before hunting season and winter get underway.

"We worry about the horses' safety during hunting season," Metcalfe said. "At the same time, winter is approaching and winters in New York State are rough."

Anyone who spots the horses should use a cell phone camera to photograph the animals, then contact the New York State Police Department of Environmental Conservation at 607/652-7365.

Meanwhile the report about the horses is available on the Stolen Horses International/NetPosse website at www.netposse.com.

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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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