Horse stolen from treatment center
Theft of Arabian one of 14 incidents of vandalism
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.
Missing horse: Dennis Horion shows off his horse Valentino on the Covington Square in 2006. Valentino was stolen Sunday.