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Missing Mahwah, N.J. Horse Finally Found After 9 Days (video) 

Finding missing NJ horse Chief

Many of our supporters asked us to do a follow up on Chief, the missing New Jersey horse. He was found! Many know the anxiety when you lose a beloved 4-legged member of your family – be they cat, dog or horse. Our own Ranch Manager Thom is still looking for his buddy Scratch. It is great news that Chief was found. – HfH

From: CBS New York

Finding missing NJ horse ChiefMAHWAH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — After nine days on the loose, a missing horse was back at his home in Mahwah, N.J. Monday night.

As CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported, the horse, named Chief was reunited with his owners after an exhaustive search that ended with some unlikely heroes.

The 1,500-pound black and white paint horse had been roaming the surrounding woods for more than a week.

“I’m like come on Chief, like, really? Come home!” said Chief’s 15-year-old owner, Makenzie Vulgaris.
Vulgaris has been leading the search for nine days now – by foot, vehicle, and horseback.

Chief took off two Saturdays ago. When he tripped, the man riding him jumped off and Chief bolted into the Ramapo Valley Reservation.

On Monday afternoon, Makenzie and the people desperately looking for Chief got the call they have been waiting for.

“The call said, ‘Carol, the horse is at the top of the mountain, get there,’” said Carol Tyco of Tyco Animal Control. “So I got there.”

Chief was found high atop the nearby mountains in a place called Dart Hill, and the people who found him didn’t even know he was missing.

“It’s the first time I’ve stumbled on a lost horse,” said Bob Zappalorti. “I mean, I’ve found some other weird things out in the woods, you know?”

Zappalorti was working on a pipeline when he spotted Chief.

“He came right over to us. He was very friendly,” Zappalorti said. “I think if you can say a horse can smile, he looked like he was smiling.”

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