Horses get tails cut during rescue barn break-in

Horses at an animal refuge were targeted during a break-in.

"Many of these animals came to us because of a crime committed against them," said Melissa Borden of the Devoted Barn in Newport.

And now they were victimized again. A couple of horses at the Monroe County animal rescue had their tails cut off and their manes maimed.

"They are here to have a retirement, a sanctuary," Borden said.  "So it's not a good feeling to know someone did that to them. Thankfully that's all they did."

The Devoted Barn is known for its rehabilitation work, focusing on extreme cruelty and neglect cases. It also helps at-risk children by teaching them to regain their compassion through working with these animals.

"It's not an uncommon thing," Borden said. "I heard a lot of stories of other horse farms having the same thing happen."

The suspects broke into the barn to get to Stewart and Bubbi's white hair.

People use it to make paint brushes and jewelry. It's apparently worth a whole lot of money.

"This is also my home, it's where my kids live," Borden said. "So it's not a good feeling to know they were here while we were sleeping."

They apparently tried to get to Seven, as well. She is a blind horse and not as not as friendly, so they had little luck.

Instead they just let her loose.

"She definitely could have gotten hurt," Borden said.

Instead of concentrating on the crime, these volunteers are focused on their work and the animals who rely on them.

They just hope police find these suspects soon.

The Devoted Barn is a non-profit and depends on donations from the public. It is hosting a special benefit concert May 9. To learn more about The Devoted Barn, go to
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