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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Horses missing from family farm

  • Last Thursday she saw her two quarter horses, Miss Piggy and Autumn, near one of her small barns. She had brought them back to health after being nearly starved to death. Miss Piggy got her name thanks to her large appetite when she arrived on the farm and Autumn’s name came simply once her chestnut coat was onc...
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  • LaDonna Mazzorana’s farm is subtle.
    It’s not far from the convenience of Hannibal, but she and her husband have a good 60-acres to tend to.
    Last Thursday she saw her two quarter horses, Miss Piggy and Autumn, near one of her small barns. She had brought them back to health after being nearly starved to death. Miss Piggy got her name thanks to her large appetite when she arrived on the farm and Autumn’s name came simply once her chestnut coat was once again shiny thanks to proper nutrition.
    But since that moment at the barn, Mazzorana hasn’t seen the two horses.
    “Last Saturday, we were kind of taking an inventory of horses — which we probably do once a week — because we have 60 acres here and you don’t always see them all the time because they’re roaming around,” These two weren’t down here (by the house), we wanted to put them in the pen with the hay.”
    Mazzorana figured if they didn’t come down by Sunday, it was best to search the property. It’d be a long walk, but if the horses were caught in a fence or hurt, it’d be the only way to get to them.
    “I wasn’t concerned at that point ... but then my husband and somebody who was helping him repair some fences, they went and scouted,” Mazzorana said. “They said they walked the whole property and they weren’t here, and then I started to panic.”
    Nearby neighbors saw no sign of the horses. A sub-division sits behind one part of her property and the Missouri Department of Transportation is on the other, not a single person saw them at any time.
    After going through every scenario in her head, Mazzorana and her husband came to the conclusion that the horses have more than likely been stolen.
    Mazzorana has her suspicions and she said she’s 90 percent sure of them. She did not go into great detail other than confirming she’s reported the incident with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.
    “People would be used to horses and trailers being taken in and out of here, and you really wouldn’t think that much about it. And we’re gone; people know when we’re gone — I have certain work schedules, that kind of thing — so it’d be easy for somebody to come in and take a horse and leave with them,” Mazzorana said. “I’ve checked with both sheriff’s departments to see if they have any missing horses, reports of horses that people didn’t identify. It’s under investigation right now.”
    What worries her most is if the horses were stolen and possibly taken to a slaughter house or sold away at auction.
    Page 2 of 2 - “This is very devastating,” Mazzorana said. “Impacts your whole family, they’re pets.”

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