Thieves on the hoof
A SQUAD of stock detectives has been called in to investigate reports that up to 11 horses have gone missing around Gin Gin in the past two months.
The animals are suspected to have been stolen, news which has sent the equine community into a tailspin.
Eagleview Equine Rescue Shelter owner Kris Wallis said she was horrified by the number of thefts.
“Normally there is only one or two a year,” Ms Wallis said.
She said the majority of animals stolen seemed to be ponies and smaller horses.
“There were three taken from Goodnight Scrub, three from Tirroan, two from Gin Gin,” she said.
She said it was devastating to the families whose horses were taken.
“They're usually children's pets,” Ms Wallis said.
She said if anyone was offered a cheap horse, they should be aware that it could be stolen.
Jamie Magarry, who lives on a property north of Gin Gin, said he feared his horse had become the latest victim when he discovered it was missing during the weekend.
Fortunately, the 16-hand dark brown thoroughbred gelding turned up late yesterday, after getting injured in a secluded spot on the Runges Road farm.
Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said the matter was under investigation.
“The Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad from Kingaroy has been contacted to provide assistance,” Det Snr Sgt Hildred said.
“Detectives from Bundaberg CIB and the rural stock squad will investigate.”