By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
TRENTON – A thief who clipped tail hair from three ponies and a horse in Elizabeth Park has left the animals unable to swat away flies and biting insects when warmer weather arrives.
Police, who said the unauthorized cuts occurred between 3:30 p.m. April 11 and 3:30 p.m. April 12, are treating the investigation as both a theft and an animal cruelty case.
The animals’ owner, Nicole West, said the animals were in a gated pasture at the time they were shorn. Police were unable to find any evidence a fence climber left behind.
Tail hair stolen was stolen from three blonde ponies and one horse. The equines are part of the Elizabeth Park ride program.
West said she feels maternal toward her animals, and feels violated by the theft.
Blonde horse hairs are in demand for violin bows and extensions for show horses.
The Woodhaven-Trenton animal shelter has established a GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/protectponies to pay for insect repellent, fly sheets and other protective gear.
Horses and ponies use their tails to fend off disease-carrying insects and as a means of communication.
Trenton police ask anyone with tips about the case to call 734-676-3825.