This blog was written by Victoria. Her story is in blue! Are you ready? This is a doozie! More information will be posted on this topic, but this is all that we can post for now (before these people are proven guilty in a court of law... ya know). But trust me, the names of the guilty WILL be made known.
Friday started out like any other day at the corral. Caring for horses, answering phones... but ended in a late night "repo-rescue". The events started to spin out of control with a phone call from a North Carolina rescue, informing us that one of our Thoroughbreds was at the Sugarcreek slaughter sale. "Lexie in Lingerie" was indeed a Last Chance Corral horse that had recently been adopted by someone that we assumed was trustworthy. I immediately called the person on the phone and was surprised to hear the auctioneer in the background. she WAS at the auction! At this juncture I have to step back in time by three hours... when this same person called me to see if I was going to "be around" that day. I said yes, and she said that maybe she would stop by. Was she making sure that we weren't going to be at the sale? In this conversation, she went further to say that she wasn't going to the sale herself, actually she was "driving the opposite direction that day". So now we have her AT the sale and denying any culpability. Meanwhile, calls are flooding into the LCC in regard to Lexie's presence at the sale. I then called the sale house and got in touch with the owner who was more than cooperative. He told me that he would guarantee that he would not let the horse go through the sale and would hold her for us until we could get there. Then, magically, Lexie could not be found! Neither could our "rogue" adopter! She was seen, however, seen loading Lexie back into her trailer then making a mad dash for home! At this point it would be our word against hers and things could get messy. Well, "things" were already "messy" and emotions were running high! There was, however, a blessing coming our way via the internet. One of our "detectives" at the sale house was not only able to ID Lexie by her tattoo but took several photos of her IN THE SALE HOUSE! At that time, thought, the photos had not yet made it to our computer when Rachel spearheaded a Repo Team and headed towards West Virginia to save this horse from becoming "further disappeared". I stayed behind to man the phone. Boy Howdy! Let me tell you that the phone lines were crackling with fire!! Back and forth, accusations, denials, directions, and the assorted nervous craziness that a situation like this can foster. While Stretch (Rachel), Tracy, and Roger drove through the dark towards god-knows-where in West-By-Gawd-Virginia, the photos came through! PROOF POSITIVE!! There was our Lexie- in the kill pen at Sugarcreek! Undeniable, irrefutable evidence! When the Repo Team got to this person's residence, Lexie was there, as was a police officer. She had actually called the police on herself seeking their aid. Long story short, Rachel ended up pulling the pictures up on the officer's computer, had the police officer look over our adoption contract, and he eventually agreed with us. (I am making this part sound ever so much more SMOOOOTH that it actually went down... suffice it to say that a certain part of Tracy's anatomy was threatened to be kicked). Lexie now stands safely back in our barn. Thank God that the horse world is small. We can't all be in all places at all times. So we watch each others' backs. Joan, Renee, Cathy, and Beverly helped Lexie in a profound way on Friday- they saved her life. I have learned a valuable lesson- ALWAYS have a camera! Take pictures, LOTS of pictures, and document the situation! Without the photos, we couldn't have proven so quickly that she was our horse. Thank you to all of the eyes and ears that watch over these creatures. NEVER underestimate the power of teamwork! ~Victoria
Crazy story, huh? I thought so. I included pictures of Lexie at the sale (sent in by our many helpers) and pictures that we took of Lexie today... for your comparison! What do you think? It is her? That's what we call EVIDENCE!!!
These are the pics that were taken AT Sugarcreek... thanks to Lexie's guardian angels!
Here is the winning body shot of Lexie in the kill pen!
Here is a head shot of Lexie at the sale.
Tattoo, Anyone? How much more proof can you get?
These are the photos that we took today of Lexie for your comparison.
Here is a head shot that you can compare to the picture taken at the sale.
Check out this side shot... Doesn't this horse look like the one that was in the kill pen?
Doesn't this LH sock look IDENTICAL to the one in the body shot taken at Sugarcreek?
This tail shot shows the hair that was clipped from the sale tag that she "supposedly" never had!