Posted: Aug 21, 2012 8:04 PM by Associated Press
HOLLISTER, Mo. (AP) -- Four people are charged in southwestern Missouri with burglarizing a stable where five quarter horses were slashed.
Dee Dee Ulrich returned from vacation earlier this month and found gashes on the bodies of the barrel-racing horses she keeps in Taney County.
The Springfield News-Leader reports three 18-year-olds and a 28-year-old man were charged Tuesday with felony first-degree burglary.
Ulrich had stayed on the property one night hoping to find out what was going on. She called deputies the night of Aug. 4 about trespassers.
Authorities say most of the trespassers fled, but the fourth said he and the others had been hired to care for the horses. Deputies said the suspect blamed a mountain lion for the horses' injuries.
The horses are expected to recover.