A sweet Shetland Pony has been missing near Wittenberg, Wisconsin, for nearly a week, but horse lovers still hope he may turn up unharmed. Dasher, a nine-year-old gelding, apparently wandered away from his adopter on Sunday, January 22nd.
“He was last seen on a snowmobile trail off Highway M, I believe,” recounted Mary Egging Hetzel, of St. Francis Horse Rescue and Retirement Farm, Inc., in Rosholt. St. Francis staffers learned of the pony’s disappearance January 27th.
A $500 reward may be offered for information leading to the finding of the missing Shetland Pony or evidence of his demise.
Searchers have said they fear Dasher the Pony may have drowned or suffered other tragedy, but they have no evidence yet to confirm that. Equine rescuers remain upbeat, encouraging the public to continue looking locally and to report any possible sightings of the lost pony.
“I hope that someone has him and is taking care of him and just does not know where he came from,” Hetzel said. “He is a little chestnut-colored pony with a chopped-off mane and tail.”
St. Francis Horse Rescue and Retirement Farm is a non-profit animal welfare organization that focuses on horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. St. Francis is located at 7548 Boulder Lane, in Rosholt, Wisconsin, approximately 120 miles north of Madison.
Wittenberg, where Dasher vanished, is located 10 miles northeast of Rosholt in Shawano County.
For more information:
St. Francis Horse Rescue and Retirement Farm, Inc.
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