Editor's note: The Rochester Voice gets many police press releases and works hard to edit them to allow its readers a clean, unfettered read. However, York County Sheriff William King's release on Tuesday about a lost horse defied the editing process. We left it as is for you, our readers, to enjoy fresh off the sheriff's desk and shall we say, unbridled.
CORNISH, Maine - Early this morning at approximately 3 AM, the York County Sheriff's office received a report that a horse was walking in the middle of Ossipee Trail (Route 25) in Cornish. The caller was concerned that the horse may get injured. The horse had no identifying markings, halter or bridle. The horse produced no identification and would not reveal where he came from or his place of residence.
Sergeant Steve Thistlewood responded and utilized his interviewing skills to no avail. He tried to calm the horse who was now becoming skittish. Thistlewood located some rope in his car and using you-tube, fashioned a halter. He then lured the horse to him using some almonds he had - once the horse was close, he placed the halter on him.
The sergeant then called some people in the area to see if they were missing a horse. One rancher agreed to hold the horse for the sheriff's office until its rightful owner was located - Sergeant Thistlewood could not fit the horse in the back seat so he walked about a mile with horse in tow to the hospitable rancher.
According to the rancher, the 32 year old horse was returned to its owners later this morning.