It's a crime right out of the old west. Horse thieves strike a Clendenin farm. The penalty for stealing horses used to be hanging, but one Kanawha County farmer says he just wants his animals back.
Two horses worth about $9,000 dollars were stolen from Jack Roush's farm.
“It's really hard to comprehend that someone would come into your place of a residence and steal from you or steal a horse,” said Roush.
Not an easy thing to get away with on his farm, especially with all of his animals, including his guard dog. But Roush says he didn't hear any thing suspicious. That's because the thieves had a plan.
“They brought dog food in to feed the dog, to keep him quiet,” said Roush. “I found dog food beside my barn.”
Roush says the stallion is black and white, with one dark blue eye and one light blue eye. The mare is dark with some white and a white mane and tail.
“They were my two best horses,” said Roush. “They are all registered and these are what you call grade horses.”
Roush says he has had horses since he was 5-years-old and this is the first time any of his horses have been stolen.
“This is something you just don't hear about,” said Roush. “This is not the old west. People just don't steal horses.”
Horses that Roush wants back at home where he says they belong.
State Police are investigating. Roush says he's contacted horse dealers in the area to get the word out about his missing horses.