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Sunday, Feb 15, 2004County: Broward
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
Sheriff's deputies are investigating the sexual assault of a horse earlier this week, while the mare's owner has gathered enough donations from fellow horse lovers to offer a $10,000 reward.
Kim Boros of Pompano Beach says her Arabian mare, Rosie, was sexually assaulted with a tree branch in Boca Raton.
The horse, a 31-year-old Arabian named Rosie, is on intravenous antibiotics and is expected to recover within a few weeks but will require surgery.
"I still don't believe it," said Rosie's owner, Kim Boros. "It's just sickening."
Boros, of Pompano Beach, has owned Rosie for about 13 years and boards her at a barn on Horseshoe Acres off Clint Moore Road west of Boca Raton. A 13-year-old girl taking care of Rosie found the bleeding horse in an adjoining pasture at about 5 p.m. Sunday. and her mother immediately called Boros.
"My first thought was, she's going to die -- that's a lot of blood," Boros said.
After doing a thorough examination, Dr. Jerry Rudnick told Boros that Rosie has been sexually assaulted. A tree branch used in the assault was found in the pasture and taken as evidence.
Animal-cruelty investigator Cassie Kovacs is pursuing the case as aggressively as she can, said sheriff's spokesman Paul Miller.
"She has not seen anything like this," Miller said. "This is horrific."
In his 18-year career caring for horses, Rudnick said, he has seen this type of incident just once before, several years ago in Broward County. That attack was not as violent as the one inflicted on Rosie, Rudnick said.
Together with friends and acquaintances who share her love for horses, Boros has gathered $10,000 for a reward.
"Some people might think we're crazy for putting up $10,000 for a horse, but to me, she's my baby and she's part of our family," Boros said. "[The suspect] picked the wrong horse to mess with."
Boros is distributing fliers at saddle shops and feed stores, hoping to generatetips on the case.
Boros thinks the attack happened about 1 p.m. Sunday because neighbors reported hearing whinnying about that time. The teen taking care of the horse saw Rosie at 11:30 a.m. and returned at 4:30 p.m. Rudnick also narrowed the time down by examining the level of swelling on the horse.
Property owner Kerry Goldman, who lives next to the horse barn, said the suspect must have known that she would be out of town. Goldman already has sent a letter to all of her neighbors, advising them of the assault and asking for information.
Anyone with information about the case should contact Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers, 800-458-8477. Callers can remain anonymous. The $10,000 reward is available for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
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