UPDATE September 24, 2015 - NEW INFORMATION
From Roe Terry, public information officer, Chincoteague vol. fire co. Update on our missing pony. New information is now being released by the police dept. and the CVFC for everyone to be looking for a white full size "dual axel " pick up with a white horse trailer that was seen in the corrall with at least two men attempting to catch a foal. Someone in a white single seat electric car may have information that would also be of use. Please contact the Chincoteague police dept. if you saw anything or can link the truck and trailer to the missing foal. Thank you for your support.
Again, if you have any information, regarding her please call Corporal Tyler Greenly of the Chincoteague Police Dept at 757-336-3155.
Original post follows:
Earlier this month, a Chincoteague filly was stolen from the corral area at the carnival grounds in Chincoteague, Virginia on September 6 or 7, 2015.
The filly, Dreamer’s Faith, was part one for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company’s “buyback foals” from their annual Pony Swim. This means she was meant to return to her home, in the wild on Assateague Island.
Instead, someone robbed her of her freedom when they stole her – something that has never happened in the 90 years the annual event has been held.
Until now, the investigation by the police as well as backlash from those against the annual round-up, prevented the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company from releasing information.
In a release posted on Facebooked, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company show their dedication to every pony from that island. This filly will not be forgotten and they do not plan on resting until she is found:
The Chincoteague Police Dept is leading the investigation and numerous other law enforcement agencies in several states are investigating as well including following up on numerous tips.
Folks, we know that there are FEW people out there who do not like us or the fire company. We know that a FEW are radical pony people who feel that what we have done for 90 years all of a sudden is not good enough. However, this has taken it too far. We have NEVER encountered anything like this in 90 years and I say to those responsible, you have ruined a good thing and you have ruined a good thing for many, many people. You can rest assured that no stone will be left unturned in finding this pony. We are offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved.
For those not familiar with the annual “pony swim,” Each summer the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company rounds up the famous wild ponies from Assateague island off the coast of Virginia and swim them across the channel to the fairgrounds, where an auction is held to adopt out some of the young foals. This is done for a simple reason: population control. Assateague is a small island that would quickly be over-run if the group did not do this. It’s actually one of the best examples of wild horse management in the United States.
The filly is a sorrel tobiano with a freeze brand of “15” on her left rump.
If you have any information regarding her please call Corporal Tyler Greenly of the Chincoteague Police Dept at 757-336-3155.
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