Reward Offered for Return of Stolen Horses

Together the four horses are worth tens of thousands of dollars, said Claudia Haugh

By Anthony Ponce
|  Friday, Feb 17, 2012  |  Updated 11:51 PM CDT
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Claudia Haugh, owner of Royal Ebony Stable in Spring Grove, says four of her youngest female horses were stolen from the Royal Ebony Stable in McHenry County.  Early Friday morning, Haugh found a break in the fence to her horse pasture and tire tracks from a truck, leading away, which she believes was driven by the thieves.  Haugh is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads her or police to them.

Claudia Haugh, owner of Royal Ebony Stable in Spring Grove, says four of her youngest female horses were stolen from the Royal Ebony Stable in McHenry County. Early Friday morning, Haugh found a break in the fence to her horse pasture and tire tracks from a truck, leading away, which she believes was driven by the thieves. Haugh is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads her or police to them.

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Four mares were reported stolen from the Royal Ebony Stable in Spring Grove sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning, the stable's owner said.

"They say your heart breaks.  It hurts.  It hurts in here," said Claudia Haugh of missing the female horses she calls her "babies."

Haugh said she woke up Friday morning and found a break in the fence to her horse pasture. She then found tracks from a truck leading away that she believes was driven by the thieves.

Missing are 2-year-old Bianca, who's now grey in color, the nearly 3-year-old Liberty, who's now all black with a white splash on her forehead, 1-year-old Silk, who Haugh described as smaller-boned, and 1-year-old Iris, who's black with a brown muzzle, and built like a tank.

"My only hope is that somebody saw something," said Haugh.

Together the four horses are worth tens of thousands of dollars, said Haugh. She's offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to her or police to them.

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