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.”

Comments (125)
  1. mike says:

    Probably the same illegal aliens who steal A/C units here in Houston…

  2. David B says:

    I am sure with all this looting it is just a coincidence that we have a terrorist, criminal,socialist, communist marxist in the white house! Well maybe it is just a coincidence that obama was raised by socialist, marxist, communist. And it was just a coincidence that he belonged to a white-hating, American-hating church. Vote every dem to the ash heap of history where they berlong is the answer to ending the metal looting going on now.

  3. JuanValdez says:

    Eventually, even Liberals will understand the negative impacts of illegal immigration.

    1. conc101 says:

      uh, i wouldn’t count on it. at least not admitting it. like Colonel Nicholson in ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’. Which amazingly enough was written by a blacklisted communist. Truth is stranger than fiction.

    2. MeasureMe says:

      What do illegals have to do with stolen fence?

  4. JuanValdez says:

    The police, and INS/ICE, should hang out at the metal recycling facilities for easy busts.

  5. Kmbold says:

    If the thieves were here illegally they were already criminals. Stealing a horse gate is at best the second crime they committed. They are also responsible for the death of the horse and the loss to those who benefited from its presence. The repercussion from guilt on their consciences and the heartache and pain they caused cannot be measured. Yes, they are to blame.

    1. JoeMich says:

      Yes, you are right. But the situation wouldn’t exist if we had honest politicians that made protecting our border a priority. If someone trucked crocodiles into your neighborhood, who would you blame when your dog got eaten, the crocodiles, or the guy that brought them there?

    2. conc101 says:

      If only the undesirable criminal aliens would predate the self hating bleeding hearts that have compassion for their plight everyone would be happy! Problem solved, NEXT!

    3. levotb says:

      Bravo, Kmbold! JoeMich doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Liberals are incapable of caring about things like “personal responsibility” and love lawbreakers. That’s why Mike Savage calls liberalism “a mental disease”.

  6. Mary Grossman says:

    somebody start a facebook page please!

  7. Shrebbard says:

    Everyone makes a choice. The choice these idiots made was wrong and has hurt alot of people. Hope they are caught and have to pay dearly for their stupid crime.

  8. Eyeball says:

    The moral decline of America continues. This is Atlas Shrugged all over again. There will be much more of this breakdown of society until we rid our country of progressives and liberals. Socialists.

  9. Kmbold says:

    You are only half right. Our representatives are negligent but each individual has a free will and is not an animal like a crocodile who live by instinct alone. The sheer effrontery of these criminals is breathtaking. Next thing you know they’ll be killing and dismembering their neighbors.

    1. Jim says:

      “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more Perfect Union…“ says each of us is responsible for staying involved in our country because ”We the People…” are the leaders of the United States who vote for representation to represent us in our government, not to think for us, not reason for us, not to decide for us, to represent the consensus of our choices, our desires. How does purposely becoming uninvolved meet your responsibilities to your children, to your family, to your neighbors? Time to citizen up.

    2. JoeMich says:

      Kmbold, I made the crocodile comment. Yes, the invaders do have free will, and are exercising it. They have absolutely no respect for a nation that won’t fight for it’s own survival. We can’t even say we are unhappy wit the 10s of millions of invaders living here. That would be Racist. They are basically picking the bones of our nation’s dead carcass. And the invading gangs like MS13 are already dismembering rivals and innocent bystanders here with machetes.

  10. Jim says:

    Doing the next right thing is and always has been a personal choice. Perhaps thats what makes it so difficult.

  11. Jim says:

    You would be misinformed. The 1920s were a period of extremely high immigration. It was also a period of rapid KKK membership growth because of the large number of immigrants.

  12. Just a American says:

    Bull This is not a third world country, Yes politics suck but people make the country.

  13. JK says:

    Um, did I miss something? How do you know the thieves were illegal immigrants?

  14. R Moon says:

    Thanks to Obama for doing an end run around Congress and giving 12 million Illegal Mexicans amnesty we can expect crime rates to rise. They will be encouraged knowing they can’t be deported.

    1. Knightflyer says:

      What Obongo did was illegal..But the republipukes are cowards,to afraid to be called the R word.Such a shame the earthqauke was so mild in D.C.Next time let it be atleast rated a 9 or 10,but only when both houses are in session and obongo is actually in D.C. and not working on his golf gam,e that he soon will be playing alot of.

  15. conc101 says:

    Kill them all.

  16. UrsusRexx says:

    File under the “I’ll try a wing’ dept:
    So…
    It’s legal to hunt vandel-released fugitive horses via ‘tour bus’?
    Did the bus co. feed this quarter-horse to the casino-customers? How appetizing is ‘horse puree’, on a bed of motor-coach grill?
    …Was the horse-bus canape laced with thorizine so as to forestall passenger-memory, re future lawsuits?

    1. conc101 says:

      I may not be the smartest, but I am the funniest. And my spelling is in the top 10 percentile.

    2. cmore says:

      You sound like an idiot. Why don’t people like you stand in the middle of a highway and let someone run over you.

      I will take that back, YOU ARE AN IDIOT

  17. BigLou15 says:

    Why don’t you just point out that the ‘Politicians’ that are allowing this are the dems who are allowing this influx of illegals as a means to increase their voting base.

    Here in New Mexico, the dems and the Catholic Church are against our governor’s request to deny illegals the right to get a driver’s license. So we are party to giving valid IDs to criminals, ala Chinese and Polish crime rings that have recently been busted.

    So you reap what you sow.

  18. Nimblenoggin says:

    It’s Obama’s fault.

  19. Constance says:

    This is heartbreaking. There are some very thoughtless people in the world. However, I know there are far more people who are kind and generous. The damage will be repaired, and there will be a huge outpouring of help from Americans here. It always happens. That is what keeps me going when things look so bleak.

  20. John says:

    Yeah, they are to blame – they ARE responsible for their crime, but I agree, so are the politicians. I really wish they’d stop pretending and actually do something. It’s such a joke.

    In general, though, people need to take responsibility in a multitude of ways, politicians, criminals, and us included. It’s always someone else’s fault – that’s the modern American way.