Multi-county probe underway into disappearance of horses


Horses being purchased by a kill buyer without proof of ownership by the seller? Excuse me …but that is outrageous. The Triple Crown Ranch slaughter horse collecting station in Meeker, OK needs to be held accountable! Let your voice be heard – be sure to comment on this.
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stolen horsesMEEKER, Okla. —Horses are disappearing from pastures in the Spencer area, and law enforcement officers said there’s reason to believe they’re being stolen, sold and slaughtered.

More than half a dozen reports have been filed with the Spencer Police Department.

Spencer police had no idea why the horses were disappearing until one horse owner turned into a detective. Terry Kellum’s horses, Brown Baby and Precious, are back where they belong, grazing on his Spencer property. Each horse has a microchip in its neck and Kellum said it’s a reminder of how close they came to being gone for good.

“I’m pissed off about the fact that someone stole them just to have them killed,” Kellum said.

Every morning Kellum begins his day with his beloved horses, but last Friday they were nowhere to be found. Kellum found his barbed-wire fence cut.

“I just went looking for them and couldn’t find them and that’s when I called the police,” he said.

After filling a police report, he hit the road.

“Word on the street was there was a slaughterhouse in Meeker and I just went and checked,” Kellum said.

He drove to a facility in Lincoln County and was stunned the moment he arrived.

“As soon as I pulled up, I saw my two horses in the fence. I got out and called Brown Baby and she got up and raced to the fence, and that’s when I said ‘that’s my horse,'” Kellum said.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • sherriey

    see!!!!! this is just the reason i fight to have horse slaughtering stopped!!!! this is happening all over the country! stolen for their meat…not just b/c someone wanted them b/c they were well trained or pretty or sweet! but for their meat!!!!!
    stop horse slaughter and it will put an end to stolen horses!
    thank God that man had the sense to go looking for his horses!!!!!!

    November 18, 2013
  • Sue

    So each of these beautiful is worth $225 at slaughter?

    November 18, 2013
  • Robynne Catheron

    Yup, quite common in areas around slaughterhouses. Americans need to wake the heck up, and start believing us when we tell them the pitfalls of allowing them to resume on American soil.

    November 18, 2013
  • Jolene Connors

    Why do we allow horse slaughter in the U.S.? That is terrible, and with no proof of ownership, who are these heartless people.

    November 18, 2013
  • You think it’s bad now? Just wait. If OK is allowed to open slaughterhouses, no horse is safe!

    November 18, 2013
    • Daniel Cordero

      Yup, this is only the beginning. Just wait and see… And, by the way, this is not only profitable for thieves. The TSCRA was making a nice cut of each horse killed at the TX plants, when they were open. The money was theoretically intended to fund programs against horse theft but instead it went **directly** to line the pockets of some high level director of it… I can see the same of their ilk at NM and MO rubbing their hands at the thought of the incoming extra cash

      November 19, 2013
  • elizabeth dana


    Japan and Belgium move in the Old European Western Sushi Range?

    Out $450? He would be OUT COLD!!!!

    Mr. Kellum must be a gentleman and cowboy or else that auction owner would be as breezy as Swiss Cheese when I got done explaining “POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY” also carries a rope!

    November 18, 2013
  • Horse thieves in some States are still Hung !!!!!! and should be !!!!

    November 19, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    Yes Arlene, If they still feel it’s right to have the slaughter houses from the olden days… then lets bring back “Hang until death” penalty

    November 24, 2013
  • Helen Love

    The $450 was just the price the Feedlot Owner paid to the seller, the FLO would have sold the horses for more to the slaughter house. The Real Owner would have lost his horses, the Horses would have died and both the FLO and the Thief would have made a profit. It’s a nasty buisness…But this is perfect proof that the EID system is a failure. This FLO had no idea what sort of drugs these horses had ingested or what sort of illnesses they might have been carrying, but he would have sent them to slaughter anyway.The slaughter system has to be stopped. It is a horribly cruel and terrifying death for the horses and the ‘end product’ is toxic. We need to make more noise and get the SAFE bills passed ASAP, IMO.

    November 25, 2013