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Retired race horses, trailer stolen from private property in Hillsborough County

Posted: 3:23 PM, Aug 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-24 15:25:28-04
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CITRUS PARK, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating after two horses and a trailer were stolen from private property in Citrus Park this week.

The theft occurred between August 20 at 5:00 p.m. and August 21 at 10:30 a.m. The horses were stolen off private property on Meadowview Circle North in Citrus Park.

Cathy Cole said her son arrived at the family farm on Wednesday and found the horses missing.

"He noticed the lock on the gate was cut. The horse trailer was gone," said Cathy Cole.

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Deputies said a 1994 Jac Horse Trailer was stolen off the property. Cole said the thieves loaded the horses into the trailer.

Her horses "Diablo Donna" and "Storm by Me" are both retired race horses and both have unknown tattoo numbers on their upper lips.

"The mare is 22-years old, so we've had her since she was three and the Gelding we've had about 6 years," said Cole.

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"We've owned this property since 1978. We've never had anything like this happen to us in 40 years of owning the property," added Cole.

Cole hopes her horses are still alive and safe. She worries someone might have stolen them to sell them for meat.

"I just want to find them. I want to find the horses safe. The horse trailer is materialistic and that can be replaced, but the horses cannot," said Cole.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. In order to be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).