Vet Student at Tuskegee University in Alabama Leaves Horse Victims in Her Wake Across Multiple States

Newsdate: Tue March 6, 2018, 7:30 am
Location: LEXINGTON, Kentucky

A 3rd year veterinary student at Tuskegee University in the State of Alabama has left many horse victims in her wake across multiple states.

Debi Metcalf with recovered horse

Debi Metcalf with recovered horse

Horse owners had one thing in common, they were misled by a young lady who used her status as a veterinary student to mislead the owners and believed their horses would be in good hands and have a forever home.
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Reports have been received by Stolen Horse International aka NetPosse.com from horse owners in the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.

Their owners all had circumstances change in their lives and their horses were all given in good faith to one woman in Alabama. This young Tuskegee University vet student promised they'd be in retirement homes, companion animals for her barrel horse or she would train them and use them for her personal trail horses.

She lied. Not once did she tell anyone that she was going to sell them or take them to horse auctions. If she had none of the owners would have let her have their horses.

The horse owners have reached out to their local law enforcement agencies to file reports. An application for an arrest warrant is underway as well as pursuing criminal and federal charges due to multiple states being involved.

Stolen Horse International, a nonprofit organization also known as NetPosse.com, is well known as the “lost and found’ place for horses on the internet for the equine industry. NetPosse.com offers horse theft and equine ID education, assist in search and recovery of stolen or missing horses, as well as other equine equipment.

“I am heart broken. Sick. Disgusted. Infuriated. I thought I was doing right by my horse by giving him to a home that would be able to provide him with the attention and care I felt he deserved.

I have had horses in my life for over 20 years now and even as an avid horse lover, I was deceived. Because of my love for horses, I could never fathom this happening but unfortunately, it is a hard life lesson I am currently learning,” says Lindsay Rosentrator, owner of Willie.

One former owner received a fake vet bill, which was part of the story that the student had put Clue down because of a severe case of colic. After further investigation, it was determined that the vet that was listed on this bill is not listed with the licensing board for the State of Alabama.

“Two of these horses, Samson and Rocky, my husband and I raised from birth. The Mustang, Cheyenne, we rescued from a pasture after being abandoned. We loved all three very much. It broke our hearts to have to rehome them, but my husband developed health problems and we really had no choice.

We thought we were sending them with someone who would love them and spend the time with them like we had. We were misled by a supposed vet student at Tuskegee University. I have pictures of the girl loading up Rocky and Samson.

I shudder to think what she actually did with them. This was a very sad day to learn that she was lying to us. Reliving the painful day all over again. I hope we can get justice for ours and every other horse and owner,” says owner, Pamela Hughes.

Pamela Reeves, another owner, informed Stolen Horse International that “She said she wanted to breed Blondie to get Cremellos. I gave her Blondie with a contract saying if she ever got rid of her she had to come back to me. She was friends with people I knew and I had seen her at many shows so I thought she was trustworthy.”

This is just a few of the horse owners that fell victim to the deception of their horses being provided a forever home with this student. Some had verbal contracts, some had written contracts regarding the transaction. Messages and texts were also kept discussing the transactions.

On February 28, 2018, Stolen Horse International, Inc. received the first online report on its website, www.NetPosse.com, and within just 5 days, 12 victims had come forward and filed reports for 17 horses. Numerous other individuals have spoken out that they too fell victim to this vet student.

Stolen Horse International, Inc. began distributing the information via their NetPosse Alert (the horse community’s Amber Alert) on the Internet to hundreds of social media groups and private email contacts in an effort to rally the public to help these families. All had one thing in common, they were misled by a young lady who used her status as a veterinary student to mislead the owners. They believed their horses would be in good hands and have a forever home or be returned to them if she was no longer able to care for them. Indeed, she lied.

You will find the reports filed through NetPosse.com’s webpage with information and a printable flyer in each NetPosse.com listing, which is where any updates or leads will be posted. Anyone interested in helping can visit the website.

The report listings that have been received thus far are as follows:

Bird Man, Report #NR005421: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5421

Willie, Report #NR005422: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5422

Lia & Trouble, Report #NR005427: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5427

Clue, Report #NR005430: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5430

Grey Lady & King, Report #NR005433: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5433

Cocoa & Tibby, Report #NR005434: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5434

Micky, Report #NR005435: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5435

Maddux, Report #NR005436: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5436

Ranger, Report #NR005437: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5437

Cheyenne, Samson & Rocky, Report #NR005439: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5439

Blondie, Report #NR005440: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5440

Georgia, Report #NR005441: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5441

“Circulating the flyers for these horses as well as the NetPosse.com Alert nationwide is imperative, as they could be anywhere by now. These flyers are one tool that brings home many horses and must be posted in as many public places as possible,” says Debi Metcalfe, founder of Stolen Horse International. “And remember, not everyone has internet access. Please post their flyers in public places as well.”

Pictures, flyer, contact information, updates and other information are on the NetPosse webpage to identify this case quickly when calling in a tip. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Stolen Horse International with any information.

For more information on Stolen Horse International and its programs, visit the website at www.netposse.com. Stolen Horse International is a Section 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to it are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.

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