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Horse Rescue Burglarized

A horse rescue group is hit by late-night thieves Sunday.

The Bostic barn of Paws Ranch Equine Rescue was burglarized sometime after 10 p.m. Sunday night. Thieves took more than $12,000 in saddles, bridles, tack and grooming tools from the nonprofit group, which is taking care of more than a dozen horses right now.

Officials told Paws Ranch Director Delores Hanser that there have been a series of break-ins along Wells Church Road over the last month.

Hanser's residence is next door to the barn, there are cameras and even an electric fence, but during the rainstorms that swept through Sunday night, thieves were able to evade the cameras by pulling up to a back gate.

They left the gate open, allowing horses to break into a feed storage room and eat about $500 in stored feed.

But Hanser has about 45 volunteers that work with Paws Ranch, some are kids doing community service or school projects and other at-risk youth come as therapy.

Hanser says the volunteers can't ride and the rehabilitation program for her horses - some of which have been starved, sick, neglected of beaten - is on hold, with only two saddles left in the barn.

To donate or find out how to get involved:

 Monetary donations can be given by going to BB&T Paws Ranch Equine Rescue acct. or sent to


PO Box 338

Bostic, NC 


Online donations can be made on our web site ,, or


In kind Donations for tack, feed or hay can be dropped off at

Paws Ranch Equine Rescue    or call 800-580-6504    828-447-5899

330 Walls Church Rd

Bostic, NC


All donations are tax deductible and the public can check out our charity on, GreatNonporfits, Charity Navigator and or IRS Determination letter and



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