Theft of horses rife in Boston

2008-08-22 00:00

Thirteen horses have been stolen from farms around Boston in the past few weeks.

Thieves typically open a hole in the fence and take only the best horses.

Residents say stock theft is rife in the area.

Caroline Mckerrow told The Witness that two horses were stolen from her Stormy Hill farm in Boston in broad daylight on August 5.

"Thieves opened a hole in the fence and took my two horses and hooked the fence back up to prevent others from going astray, which might have made me suspect earlier that something was wrong."

Mckerrow said she was astonished when she found pieces of the stolen horses' tails left by her gate yesterday.

"I suspect that somebody brought them back to spite me and one of my employees said it is a bad omen."

She is offering a R1 000 reward to anyone who can help her find her stolen horses - Stormy, a black gelding, and a chestnut named Fergie.

Another victim of stock theft, Vusi Kubheka of Impendle, said two horses were stolen by cattle thieves who used them to get away.

They were found abandoned in another section of the settlement the following day.

"We believe that there is a syndicate of stock thieves operating in the area. Some people say they have spotted a truck transporting livestock at night."

Kubheka said the police are not doing enough because no arrests have been made.

However, Constable Sabelo Dlamini of the Stock Theft Unit at Boston police station responded that they are working day and night trying to find the culprits.

"Although we are doing our best, it is not easy to locate stock in a mountainous area like this," he said.

Dlamini said the horses are either being kept hidden or have been sold to unsuspecting buyers.

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