With the help of Stolen Horse International, aka NetPosse.com, recently stolen Miami camp ponies were returned home. The ponies were stolen from First Baptist Church of Westwood Lake?s Circle C Youth Ranch.
Wayne Hershbeger, camp director, credits the media blitz that was set in motion by the press releases from Stolen Horse International as the reason Rusty and Sundae were recovered.??Somebody said they think they have our ponies and we went and investigated and they were our ponies and we got them back,? he said.
Hershberger filed a report on July 11th with Stolen Horse International?s website for?Rusty and Sundae. Immediately, NetPosse Alerts and press releases were sent out locally and nationally.
Debi Metcalfe, founder of Stolen Horse International states, ?I knew that this could be a critical if not fatal situation for these ponies given the climate with the butchered horses in the Miami-Dade communities. We simply could not waste any more time. We had to make sure we made every effort to seek the help of the news media. We are so thankful to them for their cooperation and for their part in this recovery. ?
A $500 reward was offered by the South Florida SPCA and is going to be paid to Stolen Horse International for the recovery of the horses.
Stolen Horse International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. SHI was founded in 1998 by Debi Metcalfe after she and her family spent nearly a year trying to locate Idaho, their spotted racking horse mare. Idaho was recovered when a flyer they had posted at a convenience store resulted in the tip that led them to their horse in another state. http://www.netposse.com/