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Thieves target Citrus Park farm again, stealing family's third and last horse

2 of the horses were retired race horses
Posted: 9:14 PM, Sep 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-09 23:16:59-04
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CITRUS PARK, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said someone stole another horse off private property in Citrus Park.

Deputies said the first theft occurred between August 20 at 5 p.m. and August 21 at 10:30 a.m. The horses were stolen off a family's farm on Meadowview Circle North.

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

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"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.

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.

Deputies said about three weeks later between August 30 and August 31, a third horse named D.J. was stolen off the property.

"I guess they couldn't get through the lock so they actually cut the fence and broke the board this time. They walked him out through the ditch," said 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.

"I would just like the horses to come home safely," she added.

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).