MISSING EQUINE Ghostdancer,+++ Near Unadilla, NY, 00000NetPosse Report ID # : 892 (848)
Description : Caretaker sold horses through the Chambers Auction House in Unadilla, NY without our knowledge or permission. He had no legal right to do this and did not have any kind of title or ownership or legal claim on these horses. We are trying to locate four ponies that disappeared in a barter arrangement gone very bad. They were to be boarded by a farm owner for three months until her new place was ready in return for a stallion he was given. He never returned the ponies, first he said that he'd deliver them to the new barn when his truck was repaired, then he was sick, then his son had a bad car accident, his wife had to go for surgery, etc, etc. The owner said she was going to get another shipper to go and pick them up and he said that the road up to his farm wasn't passable at that time but as soon as it was he'd deliver them. This went on and on and the owner began to worry so she asked someone to go to his farm and check on the horses. They called and told her the horses weren' t there. She called the farm owner and he lied over and over again about their whereabouts saying that he had moved them temporarily to his friends farm because he had purchased too many horses to re-sell in NY and he was over-crowded. He told the pony owner that the friend's farm was very hard to find and he'd take her there but whenever the day they were supposed to go got close he came up with excuse after excuse. She lived very far from the farm and doesn't drive so she had not been able to go herself to check on them but this was someone she thought she knew and could trust and besides she had given him a horse worth much more than the board she was to have for the ponies in return. She believed he was telling her the truth. At the time it all seemed possible. In hindsight it was a HUGE mistake to trust this guy. She finally called one morning and his wife was very rude to her when she asked about the ponies and she finally called the police to go over and find out where there were. He could not produce the ponies or a farm that they were supposed to have been staying at so he finally admitted to the police that he had sold them. He told the police that he had sold them for back board owed. He was NOT owed any board he had bartered the board for the horse he was given and there is a truckload of evidence proving this.
We have discovered he has a long history of this kind of thing and several people have come foward with similar stories about dealing with him. But the other people he's done it to didn't think they had any recourse because they never got their agreements with him in writing and had no other way to prove anything so he's gotten away with this kind of thing over and over. The police feel this is a civil case and will not help in locating the four ponies. We are desperately trying to find them. They belong to a young girl who is terminally ill and who raised two of them from weanlings. She loves them dearly and is totally heartbroken and distraught over them. She cries all the time and is having nightmares about them. None of this is helping her health at all. We're afraid that two of them may have been sold to slaughter since one was very old and blind in one eye and the other one was a very cranky and unaffectionate pony. But she adores them. The other two were both very beautiful and young so they may have been sold to private owners. The farm owner told the police that he sold them through the Chamber's Brothers Auction House in Unadilla, NY - notorious for meat buyers - and he claims to have sold them in May or June but we think they may have been sold at any time from Dec 2004 on.
Area Last Seen : Unadilla, NY, 00000
Date of Incident : 11/1/2004