People in Sarasota County are greatly relieved this weekend. The news is certainly good for three horses taken out of a pasture in Sarasota County days ago because they have been safely located and appear to be unharmed. If the horses, named Shooter, Spider and Velvet could tell their story and describe what really happened to them, everyone would know what transpired. But they cannot tell us, and so everyone simply has to feel gratitude that each is safe, sound and healthy. The three horses were located together on Nov. 14 in a nearby pasture on the 600 block of Dog Kennel Road.
According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, the horses were reportedly stolen out of a temporary pasture on a dead end street while owner, Michelle Gaster, was having her property reseeded. A vague description of a Dually pickup truck pulling a stock trailer was allegedly seen in the area. The same vehicle was also suspected of having three horses in the stock trailer, and it was supposedly heading toward Miami. On Saturday investigators said that the horses had been located close to their own original pasture.
After the theft of the three horses, deputies released information that stated the animals were taken from a fenced pasture on the 600 block of Dog Kennel Road – near Fruitville Road.
The original reports from sheriff’s office disclosed that the horses went missing between 4 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Tuesday. The concerned horse owner reported to authorities that her three animals were not in the pasture when she went to check on them, and that she had been unable to find them anywhere. In addition, she noticed that the lock on the pasture door was gone as well.
The major fear that gripped the locals and horsemen around the country was that the horses might have been taken to be slaughtered, and a reward offered for their safe return reached $5,000 in no time. Gaster now thinks that the three horses were returned so quickly is due to their unique coloring which makes them easy to identify.
The sheriff’s office has not said much else about the investigation or if foul play was involved in any way. Two Florida cases of trespass and slaughter were recently in the news, both of which undoubtedly played a major part in the anxiety noticeable in this case. The search for the criminals in both cases is ongoing.
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office told media on Saturday that there was no further information to be released at the time but that the incident remains under investigation.
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