Five teens aged 13 through 16 arrested for horse theft in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities said five Louisiana teenagers were arrested on suspicion of stealing two horses that appeared to be physically abused.

The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry said in a statement that the five teens are from St. Landry Parish and range from 13 to 16 years old.

Investigators from the state agency believe the teens stole the horses from a stockyard in Opelousas on April 4. They were arrested April 10 and taken to a juvenile detention center.

One of the teens faces charges of theft of livestock and aggravated cruelty of animals. The others face related charges, including theft and accessory after the fact to theft of livestock. Source at KALB »

Note: The report does not say why the teens took the horses. It seems to imply that the teens were the ones who abused them. We are following up. If anyone has further information on this story please contact us at or use our contact form.

Aerial view of Baton Rouge. Unattributed Google search result.

Jefferson County Missouri family searching for missing therapy horse

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A therapy horse has been reported missing in Jefferson County, Mo.

“Cooper” was reported missing from his pasture in Cedar Hill, Mo., July 11.

The owner — who suffered a serious injury several years ago and uses the horse to rebuild rebuild leg strength — is offering a reward for any information.

“Cooper”, who is pictured above, has special stirrups, according to Stolen Horse International. Stolen Horse International, also known as is an organization that helps with the locating of missing or stolen horses.

Anyone who has seen the horse or has information is asked to call Mark Lenz at (314) 458-3009 or (314) 761-4832 or send an email to

For a printable copy of the missing horse poster, you can visit the Stolen Horse International website.

Cooper is a 12-year old, 16.2 hand Palomino Missouri Foxtrotter.

Please share this far and wide especially on Facebook and Twitter. And keep an eye out for this horse. Thank you.

Police warn horse owners over Blidworth mystery mane plaits (Eng)

England Flag reports:

Nottingham mystery mane plaits. Source image.
Mysterious plaits, similar to this one, have been found in the manes of ponies and horses near Blidworth. Source Image.

POLICE have been left baffled by a series of mysterious plaits found in the manes of horses and ponies in fields near a Notts village.

Officers are investigating after one of the plaits was found in the hair of a pony in a field near Blidworth.

The owner reported it to police believing it had been woven to identify it for someone to return and steal.

But officers say the reason for the plait is still not clear.

Following the most recent incident, police issued an internet neighbourhood alert to people in the area.

“Although there is no evidence to confirm that ponies are marked before being stolen, all horse owners are urged to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police,” the statement says.

There have been no other incidents since and no horses have been reported stolen.


Help sought locating stolen miniature horses in Ocala

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OCALA – Sheriff’s deputies are seeking help finding four miniature horses that were stolen from Ocala West Training Center at 14871 S.W. 20th Place, according to the owner.

The victim told a sheriff’s deputy her daughter last saw the animals was Thursday, May 20. On Sunday, when they went to move the horses, they noticed four of the 18 were missing. A fifth mini had a white ribbon tied into the mane.

The missing horses – Echo, Knickers, Dance and Tixie – are valued at $2,000.

The owner said waited a little while to call authorities because she reported the incident to the farm manger and also searched for the animals herself.

Anyone with any information can call the Sheriff’s Office at 732-9111 or Crime Stoppers at 368-STOP, or visit

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