Daily Archives: January 11, 2012

Horse helps bust burglar

I loved this story I received from petfinder.com
By Jane, associate producer

An Arizona man is crediting his horses for tipping him off to a burglar trying to break into his neighbor’s house this weekend. (Read the full story reported by the Eastern Arizona Courier.)

Meet Scotch at Gilbert, AZ-based Healing Hearts Animal Rescue. Early Sunday morning, Larry Larson of Graham County, AZ, was preparing to meet his brother when he noticed his horses were awake and their ears pointed back (a common sign that a horse feels threatened).

Larson decided to feed the horses, but they “paid no attention to the food and continued to attentively watch the neighbor’s house,” the Courier reports.

Larson investigated and noticed a man trying to break into his neighbor’s car. The two men scuffled and Larson’s wife called the police, who arrived and arrested Michael Anthony Rosales Jr. Police believe Rosales is connected to several other area burglaries.

“That guy should have never came into that part of the neighborhood, but what really gave him up was the horses,” Larson told the Courier.

“They didn’t want to come over and see me; they wanted to see what was going on in the dark. … If they’re not paying attention to me, there’s something really wrong going on, because they don’t pass up feed.”


Dog found in Gulf of Mexico after surviving crash

How devastating for this poor animal and all involved.

Here’s a grim epilogue to a YouTube mystery: A dog found swimming in the Gulf of Mexico was in fact escaping from the scene of a tragic accident where his owner was killed by a drunk driver.
Rory O’Connor was trolling the Gulf Coast in a kayak when he caught an unusual moment on film: a dog appeared out of nowhere, swimming up to his kayak. O’Connor posted the video to his YouTube account, writing:
The accident scene was about a mile from where I found Barney swimming. Our guess is that he was so freaked out and traumatized that he just wanted to get as far away from there as possible. And when he ran out of land, he took to the water. I feel lucky that I was there fishing, because there was no place for him to go and I don’t know if he could have made it much farther. He’s banged up, but fine. Our hearts go out to the family who lost their mother.

Barney’s owner was 53-year-old Donna L. Chen, who was taking him for a walk. Both were struck by a vehicle belonging to 22-year-old Blake Talman. Allegedly fleeing the scene of another accident, Talman hit both Chen and Barney, along with a street sign, several wooden poles at the entrance of a church and finally a telephone pole, before coming to a stop.
After he was struck by Talman’s car, Barney fled the scene and jumped into the Gulf of Mexico. Talman is facing charges of manslaughter and is currently being held on $100,000 bond.
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