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Posted on Saturday, October 01 @ 13:58:38 MST by donna
YES! IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU:
prepared for the worst and hope this never happens. Believe me,
ignorance is not bliss. I hope these prevention tips will help you to
not be a victim.
The information below belongs to Stolen Horse International, www.netposse.com
, the first and
only 'one of a kind' 501c3 organization. Dedicated to victims of
theft, your will find theft and horse ID educational information and
horse identification contacts and products. Home to the Idaho Alert
for missing horses and the NetPosse Volunteer network...visit today!
copyright (c) Stolen Horse International 2003 All
rights reserved. SHI's information may not be copied in any form
Be prepared to look for a long time. I always felt like I was looking
for a needle in a haystack and the haystack kept moving. Continue your
search until you can feel you did all you could do and have peace.
Otherwise you may have this question, the same one many theft victims
have reported wondering about to me, haunting you throughout time.
"Could I have done more?"
WORK WORK WORK!
recovery rate has been low over the years but with new technology,
theft education and the kindness of strangers around the world those
figures are looking up. Do something each day toward locating your
horse. If you are one of those kind strangers...help them pass the word
along. Don't bury your head in the sand and look the other way. Some
day it may be you.
know...in some states stealing a horse is a felony. Make sure you keep
records of travel expenses, phone bills, printing cost and any other
expenditures. You may be able to use these for restitution when you
have your day in court.
What can you do to help the victims?
to Stolen websites. Open those email that are dropped into your box
that may say, "STOLEN. CAN YOU HELP" It only takes a moment to download
a flyer from the net or contact one of the horse owners to offer your
support. Words can be very supportive -- more than you know. What do
you do with this flyer? -- Post a flyer or two or more if you can. Do
you go to horse events? Do you go shopping?
You do not have to be a horse owner to help in the search.
horse was located after a flyer was posted in a beauty parlor. Our
"lucky" horse flyer was posted on the door of a convenient store. One
horse was located in 30 hours as a result of an email notice dropped
into a box. Email the flyer and information to your many friends on the
net and ask them to do the same. Keep one with you when you go to horse
events. YOU may be the next one who spots the missing horse. Can you
imagine the kind of joy that would bring to your life, to the victims
Such a small act with such a big return...
The Net Posse Works
flyer that brought our horse home was posted in a convenient store 50
weeks after Idaho was stolen. She was home a little over a week later.
Net Posse is a group of people who help disperse information by using
the web. Read more about the efforts of the Net Posse.
WISHES DO COME TRUE! MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!
Additional Quick Tips
neighbors, local police, state police, sheriff, county sheriff's
livestock deputy, state brand inspector, vet, farrier etc.. Stay in
touch with law enforcement officials
- Fax and post your fliers.
the media -local radio stations, television stations, newspapers ,
magazines, your horse club newsletter, your or newsletter, etc.
- Contact slaughterhouses and auction yards.
a group of family and friends to spread fliers, visit slaughterhouses,
etc. Internet communities can be extremely helpful.
- Contact your breed registry to let them know your horse is missing
visiting auction yards and slaughterhouses look in every horse trailer
and holding pens. Look for trailers outside of the horse auction
- Search the web for help.
- Many of the horse
traders and auction employees we dealt with were found untrustworthy.
Many go from sale to sale and work together in the buy/sell community.
It is easy for
someone to turn their head the other way. There are good people in the horse selling
business. There were many who helped us. Just be careful.
- Make notes. KEEP A JOURNAL.
- If you locate your horse, keep it in sight. Call local law enforcement agency. Keep
pictures, proof of purchase, coggins papers, ect. with you at all times.