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NHA Launches Investigation

Lyndon Barends (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)Lyndon Barends (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)

Lyndon Barends has confirmed that the NHA will be launching an investigation into the theft of two Thoroughbreds from Jenny Millington’s THRC in Philippi on Wednesday, 12 April 2017.

The intruders cut through some fencing and removed Wavin’ Flag and Maximum Flo at around lunch time last Wednesday.  A frantic, multi-agency effort ensued and both horses were returned to the THRC in Philippi on Friday, 14 April 2017.

It seems the horses were stolen for the purposes of bush racing on the Cape flats.  While Wavin’ Flag survived the ordeal relatively unscathed, Maximum Flo was less fortunate and had to be euthanised on humane grounds.

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  1. I work as a volunteer for an organization known as Stolen Horse International. We started in 1998 in North Carolina, USA, and have grown in the intervening years. It is our experience that horse theft is a global thing that many or most horse owners are not aware of until either they experience it or it happens to someone they know. But it is by no means ‘rare’. Far from it. Horses are stolen constantly around the globe-primarily for financial gain-but also for entertainment, criminal uses, and to butcher for their meat. Frequently, all three of these motives combine. In the United States, it is illegal to slaughter horses for human consumption, but the price of black market horse meat is high enough to tempt thieves into the practice.

    Our organization advocates for both the human and the equine victim of the theft. We use social media to assist the search for the missing horse as well as providing a custom web page for law enforcement and the public to reference and download a flier to distribute to the general public to further spread the search. In this way, the search spreads like ripples on the surface on a pond providing pressure on the thieves to produce the horse in the shortest possible time. We can also provide press releases for media outlets. Other search methods can also be arranged.

    The owner is encouraged to work closely with law enforcement, but to also actively work on their own to look for their property. Law enforcement is invariably sorely stretched for manpower and funds to doS their jobs. If the owner, family, and friends are out putting up notices and asking questions, word soon gets around that the horse is being searched for.

    By use of these methods, we have had horses returned in as little as 24 hours or as long as 12 years. Horses do disappear. They can also be found.

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