EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 4, 2013

Horse missing from Bradford stable is found

Police determining who is legal owner

By Mike LaBella
mlabella@eagletribune.com

---- — HAVERHILL — A horse that was reported stolen from a Bradford stable this week has been found — but confusion remains about who took it and why.

The animal, named Lola, was found to be in the possession of a person who either owns the horse or previously owned it, police said

They said there are questions as to who the rightful owner of the horse is, and that Officer Ronald Hilchey is investigating.

On Wednesday, police said the horse — Lola, a light bay Dutch warmblood — was last seen the day before in a stall in a barn at the Bradford Equestrian Center, 109 South Cross Road, in the Bradford section of Haverhill.

The horse was reported missing Wednesday morning after a stable manager discovered it was not in its stable.

Police Detective Capt. Alan Ratte said the stable manager went to check on the horse at 6:30 a.m. and found Lola was gone. Ratte said the stable manager, a woman, notified the owner of the horse and filed a report at the police station.

According to the report, after the stable manager discovered the horse was not in its stall, she spoke to other staff members, who told her that on Tuesday about 5:45 p.m., two people came to the barn, led a horse out of the building and into a horse trailer, and then drove away.

A poster featuring images of the horse and a description was posted on the Bradford Equestrian Center’s Facebook page and other Facebook pages, including Granite State Dog Recovery.