05 August 2012
By VANESA BRASHIER
Houston Community NewspapersMichelle Pool never gave up hope that she would one day be reunited with her stolen horse, Opie, but when the call came last week that he had been found in Liberty County, Texas, she was nevertheless surprised.
The American Saddle Horse was stolen 10 years ago from her father Andrew’s pasture in San Antonio.
“When he was missing, I posted his photo on every website I could find,” said Pool. “I handed out flyers all around San Antonio and I hoped for the best.”
Among the places she posted Opie’s photo was www.netposse.com, the website of a non-profit organization based in Shelby, N.C., called Stolen Horse International.
Deanna Bordelon of Pearland was in the market for a new horse when she found a Craigslist ad for a beautifully-marked and healthy American Saddle Horse in the Dayton area.
Before making the purchase, she began looking for information online. That’s when she came across www.netposse.com. One of the top links on the website is the ad posted years earlier by Michelle. When Deanna began examining the photo of the horse listed in Michelle’s ad, she realized that Opie’s markings looked just like WarBonnet’s.
RESOURCE: yourclevelandnews.com, Vanesa Brashier, http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/cleveland/news/craigslist-ad-leads-to-recovery-of-stolen-horse/article_0f6def34-da1e-5f09-b67d-e9b622098204.html