The owner of two ponies stolen from a Miami youth ranch is asking for the public’s help to find them.
Rusty and Sundae, both female ponies, were stolen from the Circle C Youth Ranch the night of June 30. Stolen Horse International Inc. said the missing horses and 12 others that remain at the ranch are used to give rides to almost 200 kids that visit the ranch daily.
The two horses were taken by three men and one women, driving two cars and a red pickup truck, according to the organization.
A man who witnessed the event said the thieves were speaking Spanish and then put a rope around the ponies’ neck. The witness, who was unaware of the theft in progress, said the men told him they were picking up their ponies that got loose. A female driver stayed in the car, according to an incident description online.
The pair of ponies was adopted from the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They are currently listed on www.netposse.com, a website that helps to recover stolen and missing horses. The SPCA is offering a $500 reward for their return. No questions will be asked of the callers, Stolen Horse International Inc. said.
Sundae, who is not pictured, is the same color as Rusty but has cream-colored legs and a beige rear end and tail.
Anyone with information can contact the SPCA or owner Wayne Hershberger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-206-1698.