Stolen Horse Found Thanks to Facebook

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HAMBDEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio-- A Geauga County woman turned to Facebook hoping friends could help find her beloved horse and found the social networking site led her right to the missing companion.

Jen Stevenson is so happy Peanut, one of her favorite horses, is back. The brown and white paint horse had been missing for two months after someone stole him from his barn in Hamden Township. "I owned his father and when his father died I bought him because he looks like his dad. So, he has a lot of sentimental value," Stevenson said.

Frantic to find Peanut and fearing the worse, Stevenson turned to Facebook to try to get everyone she knows to look for him. “People networked him all around. I had people looking for him at different sale barns. I even notified meat buyer. He took pictures; he was looking for him. Everybody was looking for him. He didn't turn up anywhere.”

Stevenson said she searched Facebook herself and found the barn Peanut was in. "If you're going to do something you shouldn't do, you should keep your profile private," she said.

With the help of Geauga County Sheriff’s deputies, Peanut was rescued from that barn.  “I had a strong feeling that he was local and it was somebody who knew me, knew him and had been in my barn. And I was right," Stevenson added.

There was no mistaking that Peanut is her horse because of his distinct markings. But, the person who took Peanut tried to change his appearance by branding initials on his neck. The initials are a “D” and a backwards “R”.

Stevenson said that offended her. “That's probably just as bad as him getting stolen. The thought that I have to look at her initials on my horse; that doesn't make me very happy," she said.

The Geauga County Sheriff’s office said this is still an active investigation and so far no charges have been filed.

For now, Stevenson said she is just glad Peanut is back. "Just very happy --  Facebook is a powerful tool," she added.

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