Horse stolen from treat­ment cen­ter

Theft of Ara­bian one of 14 in­ci­dents of van­dal­ism

The Covington News - - Crime & courts - By Tyler Smith

An en­durance horse named Valentino was stolen ear­lier this week from Adopt- a- Horse, an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to help­ing vic­tims of child abuse.

Den­nis Ho­rion, the founder of Adopt- a- Horse, said the horse was taken some­time dur­ing the night of Feb. 3. Valentino is a fully trained en­durance Ara­bian. The horse has been used to help sev­eral sex­ual abused chil­dren in their ther­apy, Ho­rion said.

“ Of all the things that you can steal, they had to steal a ther­apy horse,” Ho­rion said. “ They are cow­ards who be­long in jail.”

Ho­rion said he had spent the last three years train­ing the horse, which is worth an es­ti­mated $ 10,500. Sun­day’s theft is not the first act of van­dal­ism at Ho­rion’s ranch. He es­ti­mates there have been at least 14 dif­fer­ent cases in the past 14 months.

Only days be­fore Valentino was stolen, an­other, younger horse was found three miles away from the pas­ture.

Ho­rion sus­pects the same peo­ple in­tended to steal that horse, but the horse was not as well trained as Valentino and was prob­a­bly spooked by the horse trailer they un­doubt­edly used in the theft.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing case is asked to call the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice at ( 678) 625- 1403. Tips may also be given anony­mously at ( 678) 625- 5007 or on their Web site www. new­ton­sh­er­if­fga. org.

You can also con­tact Ho­rion di­rectly at ( 770) 712- 8685 or by visit­ing the Web site Adopt- a- Horse. org.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Miss­ing horse: Den­nis Ho­rion shows off his horse Valentino on the Cov­ing­ton Square in 2006. Valentino was stolen Sun­day.

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