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Kyogle schoolgirl Elizabeth Clark only had her horse Bella (pictured) for eight weeks, before she woke up yesterday morning to find the mare gone.

Police are seeking information on the horse’s disappearance from the family’s property on Kyogle Road, Kyogle, on Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

Senior Constable Mike Hogan from the Richmond Area Command said the case is being treated suspiciously.

“There are no signs of broken fences, tyre tracks or damaged gate locks – the mare’s disappearance is a mystery to us all.”

Senior Constable Hogan said the girl and her family have been avidly canvassing neighbouring properties since learning of the mare’s disappearance, to no avail. The girl has even taken time off school to help her parents search the area, in the hope of locating her Pony Club horse.

“Properties are relatively small in our region, most of the locals know each other, so we think there may be some members of the community who may have noticed a horse trailer they'd never seen in the area before, or perhaps a suspicious car and if that’s the case, we’d like to hear from them.”

The family has put up a $500 reward for the horse's safe return.

Senior Constable Hogan said up until now, reports of livestock theft had been relatively low in the local area, but there was a scourge earlier this year. “One of the problems the police have encountered is that details of livestock thefts are rarely immediately reported to police,”

He says this makes investigation difficult. “Trying to find a missing horse or cow is a bit like trying to find a needle in a haystack, that’s why we’re calling on the local community, particularly neighbours, to help,” he said.

Senior Constable Hogan says the police’s campaign to reduce the incidence of cattle theft is ongoing, by urging people to 'dob in a duffer'. He’s also encouraging local livestock owners to be wary and take the necessary precautions to avoid falling victim to livestock theft.

“Before your horse goes missing, there are a range of steps people can take to protect their horses – including considering some form of permanent identification, such as microchipping.

“It’s also important to regularly check the strength and security of your property’s fence and use electric fencing where possible.”

The horse is 18 years old and bay in colour. Keep an eye out!

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Posted: Tuesday October 21, 2008

Published: Oct 21, 2008 5:18pm by philippa.

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