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Horses stolen from non-profit group that helps local vets

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LA VALLE (WKOW)-- A non-profit group that uses horses to help local veterans returning from war says two of their horses are missing. The group Veteran Equine Trail Services (VETS) operates out of September Farms in La Valle Wisconsin where both horses went missing late Thursday night.

"I've been doing horses for 30 years, but I've never had horses go missing," VETS owner Barb Knopf says.

Not a single one of the more than 350 horses Knopf has saved from being euthanized has gone missing until now. Knopft currently has about 40 horses at the farm, which are used to help disabled veterans and their families recover from traumatic experiences and PTSD.

"This gives them a communication outlet, something they can do with the family. The horses won't tell any stories, they won't tell any lies, they won't gossip," Knopf says.

We first introduced you to Knopf back in September as a Jefferson Award winner. She has since been honored with the Wisconsin Hero Award given by First Lady Tonette Walker. Now, her attention is being diverted from helping veterans to concern over these two horses that have been missing since late Thursday night. (Pictures of these horses can be found near the top of this article)

"The only assumption we can go on at this point is someone has stolen two of our horses and we don't understand their choice of horses. We have larger horses, trained horses, cuz neither of these horses are trained," Knopf says.

Workers at the farm have already checked the entire property, all 70 acres or so of it. They haven't been able to find any gates that were left open or any fences like that were broken down. They really have no evidence that suggests the horses got away and escaped from the farm.

They also can't find any evidence that suggests they were attacked by a wild animal. A Sauk County deputy has also searched the property and couldn't find anything. Workers have notified every veterinarian, horse trainer and auctioneer in the area in hopes that someone will come across their missing horses.

"I don't care about anything else. I'm not going to prosecute if I get these horses back. That's the important part," Knopf says.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Barb at Veteran Equine Trail Services by e-mailing or calling (608)-985-8886.Workers are offering a reward for any information that leads to the safe recovery of these horses.



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