Therapy Horse Dies After Oakdale Theft

OAKDALE, Calif. (CBS13) — A therapy horse was killed after metal thieves tore down a pasture fence, allowing some of the animals to wander near a busy highway, authorities said.

An unknown number of suspects cut down a gate at the Daley Training and Learning Center, an organization that helps special needs children, allowing six horses to wander free, according to Laura Daley.

The horses traveled about a half mile from the pasture before reaching Highway 108, and all but one of the animals were able to cross the road safely. Calvin, a quarterhorse, was struck by a casino tour bus and died from his injuries. No passengers on the bus were harmed.

Daley said it would cost thousands of dollars to get another horse, but impossible to replace the good Calvin did for children. The stolen scrap metal likely only netted a couple hundred dollars for the suspects.

“He had such a good heart for the kids,” she said. “I’m angry at the blatant disregard of other people.”

Daley has set up a reward fund and online push to convince any witnesses to turn in the suspects.

“Some of the kids gave me their change, it made me cry,” she added. “The girl riding with me today did yard work, she pulled weeds to donate to Calvin’s fund.”

  • ancientemplar

    too bad you can’t carry a gun in Mexifornia.

  • Steve Hollar

    This was bound to happen. Require all recyclers to not only keep on file copies of identification of those bringing metals in for recycling, but, take a photo of them and an overall shot of what they are selling. With digital photography, it’s cheap. Then, when these slime balls are caught, make the punishment so harsh that only the truly stupid would risk it. Oh, and guarantee the recycler will be reimbursed if he turns in suspected stolen material.

  • Paul B.

    Lawlessness is taking down this nation. From thieves to the Oval Office.

    • Jack Kinch(1uncle)

      Stop paying ,with our taxes, the uneducated to have babies. You are breeding crimianls on welfare.

    • Jim

      Depends on the country you’re talking about. Read the reports after Japan’s tsunami. Then read the reports from New Orleans verses those from Mississippi after Katrina.

      Our ethics is often local, sometimes with pride.

  • Ed

    The prosecution is aimed at the wrong people. LOCK UP THOSE WHO BUY THE CONTRABAND and the problem will be solved.

    And I guarantee you that the buyers are not Mexicans. They’re greedy Americans.

    • derp

      That policy worked so well in the drug war.

    • Ratt

      And that makes it Ok for the greezy mexicans to steal it ?

    • Jack Kinch(1uncle)

      Greedy Americans,? yest They are greedy demos

    • Caroline Ray-Davison

      So then they can just move on to stealing something else?? Yeah, that’s a good idea.

  • Megamiimi

    Feral people on the loose arising from a society that has eschewed its moral compass; Lord of the Flies revisited.

  • Kjo

    We had our air conditioners stolen from our store. The thieves were caught. It was lazy white trash not anyone from Mexico. Metal theft is becoming a huge problem and costing all of us. Maybe the recycling places shouldn’t be allowed to purchase certain metals or be shut down for a while.

  • Marilyn

    Manhole covers and sewer grates are also tempting targets. I don’t know about you, but if I was in the metal recycling business and somebody wanted to sell me some manhole covers, I’d be phoning in their license tag along with a discription of everybody involved.

  • Olrik

    Metal thievery is a plague of our increasingly barbaric society…

  • mgq

    Rome doesn’t fall over night… it falls one metal fence, AC unit, manhole cover, etc at time. Eventually the coffers won’ t be able to afford the replacements.

  • David Anfinrud

    This is a two level problem. One thieves see profits to make some quick money. And those who buy the material. If you make rules that those selling metal have to give their ID and fill out a form with Identification provided May stop some of the crime. Those buying the metal must have integrity and honest business. You will still get an underground buying material from thieves and then make a profit from the sell. It is not about race it is about hold the actual criminals responsible for thier actions. unfortunately in California they will have no time for the crime. Since your prisons have too many people in them. So here is a crime that there is no punishment. Or maybe some community service.

    • Eric Hultman

      I suggest a 10 day payment hold, and that the payment be required to be sent via check to the address listed on their identification. Keep records for at least 60 days, and allow the company to surcharge the materials to recover their costs.

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  • k.a.k.

    I am horrified that some of you are more “offended” at Arline’s comments than you are appalled at the horrific death this loved horse experienced at the hands of a few tweakers whose only thought was where they were going to get their next fix. My parents live in Oakdale. My horses also reside there. I spend a lot of time there. Whether you like it or not, there are people in Oakdale that have proven themselves nationally to be the dregs of society that they are. Get a thicker skin if you can’t handle Arline’s remarks. God forbid, you ever find that there is a meth lab next door to your ranch house. It has happened…believe it or not…in Oakdale.

  • Machismo

    I hope they catch the slime that did this. My kid benefits from horse therapy, and it is one big thing for him. i hope they get caught and get 10 years of hard labor.

  • Richard

    Sounds like there where animals on both sides of the fence. Four legged ones on the inside and 2 legged ones on the outside.

  • gambling hater

    Thank you for your service, Calvin. May the bus of sinners jump a rail and plummet 40′ to a ravine below. May a rain-slick road be in their face, and fog at their back. Gambling away welfare checks is just as evil as gambling itself. Why is the State lockstep in this grave sin?

    • Melanie

      Good, someone else thinks the way I do. Great comment, and so true.

  • Bob O

    Wanted Dead or Alive Posters and mean it that will stop these creeps

  • Melanie

    So a bus carrying a bunch of gamblers from a casino hit a horse that was on the highway because thieves stole the horse gate. This world is so mucked up, I hope everything collapses soon. Very sad about the horse. The gamblers will live to lose money another day.

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  • jmounday

    all this green recycling has to stop now.Green jobs are dangerous.

  • walter12

    Obama is guilty of almost every sin known to mankind. He created this atmosphere of stealing and taking and pleasing oneself, not matter what. The Muslims are right on this one, cut off the hand that steals. This nation is on the verge of collapse and who is to blame? We all know, and it sure as hell is not the handful of conservatives that are left in our country.

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