A young mare was walking loose on Meadowbrook Road in Granby, Connecticut, wearing only a purple turnout blanket, when she was caught by animal control officer Jennifer Abalan and a Grandby police officer. They had no problem approaching the horse and getting a halter on her.
The horse was found halfway between Wells Road and Route 10 on Meadowbrook Road on January 23. According to Granby Police Sgt. Doreen Mikan, laws that pertain to “roaming animals” permit release of the horse in seven days if the owner cannot be found. Therefore, the horse may be ready to be adopted in the near future.
The animal is a chestnut mare with a white star and no other identifying markings, no scars, tattoos, microchip or brand. She appears to be a young horse, is in good health and condition, and stands about 15 hands in height.
Mikan said, “This horse has been put up on Facebook, flyers have been distributed to veterinarians, tack stores and other places, and individual horse owners have put her on their Facebook pages.”
Until her owner can be found or she is adopted by a new owner, the horse is being stabled locally. Her expenses are being paid by the town of Granby.
Granby police have attempted to locate the owner by going to the numerous local stables and known horse owners but no one has claimed her. They have also made efforts to get the word out in the Massachusetts towns of Agawam, Southwick and Granville, without success. The Granby Horse Council and the Connecticut Renegades – groups comprised of horse people – have helped to find the owner, also without success.
Mikan said, “If we do not hear in seven days, we are allowed by law to make the horse available for a new owner. A decision will be made on advertising the horse for an adoption process by the animal control officer, probably next week.”
Meanwhile, anyone that recognizes the horse or has information about a missing horse is asked to contact Granby Police at 860-844-5335.
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