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Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary fundraise appeal to step up security after heavily pregnant horse stolen

Heavily pregnant River was taken overnight from the Co Antrim sanctuary

By Claire Williamson

Published 03/07/2015

A Co Antrim animal sanctuary is appealing for help in raising money in a bid to step up security after a heavily pregnant mare was stolen during the night.

Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary issued an urgent appeal on Thursday after they believe River was taken over night.

The horse is described as being black and white piebald, 14.2 hands high and heavily pregnant.

The animal was taken from a field sometime between 10 pm on Wednesday July 1 and 8 am morning, Thursday July 2

She was one of the recent rescues that the sanctuary saved and is in the middle of a course of vital medication as well as being heavily pregnant.

Volunteers who discovered she was missing have come together and a reward has been offered for her safe return.

If you have any information or see any similar horses being offered for sale the sanctuary have urged the public to send a screenshot to

In an attempt to prevent it happening again the sanctuary are fundraising to increase security.

A statement from Crosskennan said: "In light of recent events a fundraising page has been set up for us with the intention to raise funds to increase security at the sanctuary.

"We are continuing our search to find our stolen pregnant mare River with the help of the PSNI and a lot of other sanctuary friends and we want to do everything we can to ensure that this sort of thing never happens again.

"We are all truly heartbroken that her chance at a new happy life has been snatched away from her and we can only hope that she and her unborn baby are somewhere safe.

"All money raised from this appeal will go towards installing new and more secure locks, gates, fencing and hopefully CCTV/alarm system if we can raise enough."

If you wish to donate click here

The PSNI have been informed and the incident number is 426 2/7/15 - they can be contacted on the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively you can contact the sanctuary on 02894465384 and leave a message with your name and number if there is no answer.

A spokeswoman for the PSNI said they are investigating the report of the theft of a horse from an animal sanctuary on Crosskeenan Lane, Antrim.

Constable Moore said I appeal anyone who was in the area and saw any suspicious activity or knows of the whereabouts of the horse to contact police at Antrim on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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