Missing Sarasota County horses found

Cross-posted from The Herald Tribune

by YADIRA LOPEZ

FLORIDA — There were no more tears out on the pasture. Only the sounds of happy neighing. Three horses reported missing from a pasture in the 600 block of Dog Kennel Road in eastern Sarasota County earlier this week were located alive and well Saturday morning near the same pasture.

The horses — Shooter, a gray quarter horse; Velvet, a dark grulla paint quarter horse mare; and Spider, a red roan Appaloosa — were reported missing Sunday. Their owner, Michelle Gaster, said she believes the horses were returned because of the highly publicized nature of the case. Also, she added, the horses have very distinct coats, making them easy to identify, which may have scared the thieves into returning them.

“Just because I got my horses back doesn’t mean anybody should let their guard down,” Gaster said.

Gaster is still offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Before the horses were returned Gaster had offered a $5,000 reward for the safe return of the horses and the Sarasota County Agricultural Crimes Unit was investigating the incident.

A white pickup truck with dual-rear wheels pulling a red stock trailer was spotted in the area at the time the horses were taken. Continue reading »

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