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Horse Thieves Hit Cherokee County Again – in a BIG way!

October 2, 2006 – Canton, Georgia – Thieves must have known exactly what

they were after when they crept into a pasture Saturday night, Sept. 30,

2006, and made off with one of its occupants. To say that the lights went

out in Georgia is an understatement for Anne Dupard; instead she feels like

the world fell out from beneath her. Across the ocean in France, Anne was

devastated when she received a stateside call this weekend informing her

that Venus Du Vey, her pride and joy for more than a decade, was gone.

Not once when Venus was turned out in a pasture Saturday evening did anyone

expect to find him gone the next day. Theft was the only logical thought

when the stallion was discovered missing since all the other horses were

still secure in the pasture with the gate shut. Venus didn’t vanish because

horses don’t simply disappear into thin air – especially not a 17.3 hand

black stallion.

Somewhat faded from the sun, this stallion could be considered a dark bay.

And while his current color may be debatable, his commanding presence is

undeniable. The 19-year-old Selle Francais stallion is an international

champion in his own right and sire to many more, but right now he is one of

thousands of stolen horses whose fate is uncertain, but whose recovery is

possible.

Beside herself with worry, Anne is an entire continent away, caring for her

father-in-law who is dying of cancer. Aware that she needed help and not

prepared to be a victim of horse theft, Anne turned to Stolen Horse

International (SHI). Immediately, SHI and its NetPosse volunteer network

began working hard, along with her stateside friends, to locate Venus. Anne

knows that she is not alone.

Providing horse theft education and aiding in the recovery of stolen horses

is what Debi Metcalfe, founder of SHI, does best. No stranger to theft

herself, SHI was formed because of Debi’s personal experience after her

family’s horse, Idaho, was stolen in 1997 and recovered fifty-one weeks

later, through their personal efforts.

It is Debi’s experience and support that helped another victim from Cherokee

County, Ga., earlier this year. On January 6, 2006, Carol Lane Treason’s

paint mare, Scout was stolen. Debi and NetPosse volunteers stepped up to the

plate without hesitation, and in barely two days, Scout had miraculously

found her way home. While no one may ever know the mare’s entire theft

story, through fast thinking, the action of SHI’s NetPosse members and the

Internet, Tresan was able to celebrate Scout’s quick recovery.

Now SHI is looking to NetPosse volunteers and the public to recover Venus so

that Anne can again concentrate on other critical issues in her life. She

needs to know that her beloved stallion is safely home. Please help us

locate Venus by forwarding this press release, sending an email or

distributing his flyer.

As Debi Metcalfe is fond of saying, “Never underestimate the power of one!”

It only takes one person to forward an email, post a flyer or make a phone

call. Scout is home because of every one that did just that. Now it’s Venus’

turn. To print a flyer and learn more on Venus Du Vey, visit his webpage:

<http://www.netposse.com/stolenmissing/venusGASept06.htm>;

http://www.netposse.com/stolenmissing/venusGASept06.htm.

Angela Kirby – Stolen Horse International Public Relations

For more information on Stolen Horse International and its programs, visit

the website at <http://www.netposse.com/>; http://www.netposse.com.

 

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