Horses on the loose becoming a hazardous nuisance

GRAPEVINE, Ark. (KTHV) - For nearly a week, hours have been dedicated to searching. "We're not exactly sure where they came from," Rachael Duncan. Rodeo Fisher and Rachael Duncan are just two of several Grapevine residents trying to corral two horses.

"These horses are not domesticated. I would say not domesticated. They're not the kind of horses you can call out of a feed bucket," Sheriff Ray Vance of Grant County explains. Vance says the department began receiving calls last week and have dispatched units to the area along Grant County 21 at least a half dozen times. Vance continues, "Not one of my officers has seen the horses."

Fisher says, "They're abandoned and they're causing trouble down here. They're tearing up gardens, yards, they're jumping out in front of people when they're driving." Jumping in front of people is what Duncan alleges landed her cousin in a Little Rock hospital. She says, "He came around the curve and the black horse was in the road and he swerved to miss it." The two point out tire tracks to show the path left by the vehicle. "He come up over there and rode," Fisher adds.

Vance is now taking proactive measures to protect those living in the county. He says, "We're not going to jeopardize the safety of our citizens of Grant County for two horses." The department has contacted a professional large animal rescue organization out of Greenbrier to assist in catching the two horses.


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