Police bring Ringo back to thrilled owners

2014-05-23 00:00

MISSING horse Ringo Star has been found.

For the police’s stock theft unit it was a case of a “Hard day’s night” as they doubled their efforts to find the horse. The thief found himself with “No ticket to ride” and for the three women in Ringo’s life, it will be a case of “All my loving”, as they nurse him back to health.

The desperate search to find Ringo alive started at the beginning of this month when his companion Gucci was found drowned in a farm dam near Cedara. Both horses had been stolen from Silkwood stables in Merrivale over the Easter weekend.

Although heartbroken at her own loss, Gucci’s owner Susan Allison remained determinedly hopeful that Ringo would be found alive.

Ringo’s owner Helen White was equally optimistic ,while his former owner Claire Hughes, who had sold him to buy her wedding dress, wasn’t giving up either. The stock theft unit worked long hours and Ringo was eventually found in the Mafakatini area outside Pietermaritzburg.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said Ringo was recovered after a tip-off given to the stock theft unit.

He was found in a field close to the home of the person suspected of stealing him. Zwane said the alleged horse thief was a member of a gang who terrorise members of the community in the area. He added that according to information, the suspect is also an accused in a murder charge in the Taylor’s Halt area and that investigation is ongoing.

Initially, Allison and White — who expressed their grateful thanks to the police — suspected that their horses may have been stolen to take part in the traditional “Easter bush races”.

However, Zwane said the theft of horses was being monitored in KZN Midlands and the police found they were mainly stolen by youngsters linked to gangsterism.

“They steal horses to commit crime and … as a quick means to escape. There is no proof that horses in the area are being stolen for horse races,” Zwane said.

Despite Ringo looking emaciated, with an ulcerated eye and showing evidence of harsh treatment, the relieved women are just happy to have him back alive.

It will be a case of nursing him until he can neigh, “I feel fine”.

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