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Stolen Horse Trough located, but owner dismayed by attitudes of some toward loss

Writer appreciative to those who helped, but unnerved to read comments for national public forum site stating that the theft was no big deal. Thinks it was a childish prank by ATV riders in the area

By April Shepperd

After an intense search, we have located the water trough which was stolen from our property on Antioch Church Road, July 22, 2011. It seems that some very irresponsible and childish ATV riders in our area took the tank from our property and drug it a quarter of a mile away only to toss it over a steep hill. This left our horses with no water during this incredibly hot weather. The story, however, seems to be how we found the stolen trough.

After contacting the sheriff's office, and no progress being made, we posted the theft on a public forum called Topix. Within hours someone commented that the trough was as the end of the road. While we appreciated the information, the "end of the road" splinters off about six different directions, and we were unable to locate the trough. It wasn't until another comment made on Saturday night that we found the trough. An ATV rider saw the trough while riding in the area and informed us via the post exactly where the trough was located. We went out that night and found it just where the reader had said it would be.

We are so appreciative of the person who was kind enough to help us in this matter. Any type of farm equipment is costly and it was nice to be able to retrieve the water trough instead of purchasing a new one. It was even nicer that someone took interest in helping another.

We were unnerved, however, to read many comments stating that the theft was no big deal and making light of the situation. I'm sorry to say this is indicative of today's society.

Each day we, along with our neighbors, pick up beer cans and other trash thrown out on the road and in the fields from ATV riders in the area. It isn't that we have a problem with ATV riding; our neighborhood would just appreciate if the riders would leave with what they brought in.

The area has long been open to riders, but many are considering fencing and gating because of theft and litter issues. We also plan to ask for regular patrolling to help keep these matters in check.- April Shepperd

This story was posted on 2011-08-02 03:23:25
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