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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Horse Tail Theft

     In February 2015, Pennsylvania State Police officers searched for a suspect who cut the tails from three horses at a western Pennsylvania horse complex. Horse hair can be used to make brushes, violin bows, hat bands, wigs, baskets, and dozens of other everyday products.

     The thief struck during the lunch hour when the horses were unattended in an open field along a road in Jefferson Township, Butler County. It takes years for horses to grow back tails.

     In January 2017, in Wyandotte, Kansas, thieves, in six separate cases, snuck into stables at night where they cut and stole horses's tails. Over the years similar thefts took place in Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Ohio.

     Horse tail theft is cruel because these animals need their tails to communicate, for warmth in winter, and to control pests. 

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