Sweetwaters youths arrested for horse thefts

2009-09-22 00:00

TWO youths from the Sweetwaters area have been arrested in connection with a spate of horse thefts that have plagued the midlands area.

They will appear in court in Pietermaritzburg soon.

The two were arrested after a tip- off led the police to the Sweetwaters area where two stolen horses, Ha­zardous and Shaya, were recovered.

The owner of the horses, Cindy Swan, said they found the animals in a terrible condition and beyond recognition.

“After only two weeks, I had to double-check all [Shaya’s] markings to be absolutely sure it really was him. They had hacked off his mane and forelock; he was skeletally thin with his ribs, hipbones and vertebrae protruding from the skin.”

She said Hazardous had to be put down, having broken both front legs.

Numerous horse owners in the Hilton and Howick area have recently complained that horse thefts are increasing in the area. They cited “bush races” during the summer as one of the causes.

They said many of the stolen horses are used in informal bush racing and informal trotting races and for per­sonal use. They believe that in some cases, horses are stolen on order by syndicates.

Poice spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed three cases of stock theft have been reported.

The stock theft unit confirmed two arrests.

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