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Miniature Horse Leads Police on Slow-Speed Chase
WTSP ^ | May 2, 2012

Posted on 05/02/2012 9:10:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Police business is usually pretty serious, but a pursuit in Fargo Sunday was the cause of a few giggles... if not outright guffaws.

A miniature horse named Jellybean caused some big trouble for police officers when it escaped and led cops on a slow-speed chase.

The little brown-and-white pony was taking part in a Girl Scout pet adoption event when he wiggled out of his halter and went on the lam.

Jellybean is in training to be a therapy pet at the Hightail Horse Ranch and Rescue in Hawley, MN. The Hightail Rescue program works to adopt out rescued horses to new homes and provides lessons for new horsemen, Hightail owner Charlotte Tuhy told the Fargo Inforum Sunday.

Squads were patrolling in the area around 2:45 p.m. when they noticed the 3-foot-tall horse meandering along the street.

About the same time officers spotted Jellybean, Hightail volunteers noticed he was no longer tied to the trailer where he was supposed to be resting.

"Kids started yelling and screaming, and off they went," said Hightail volunteer Kathy Faeth. "The chase was on."

Tuhy said it was unusual for Jellybean to run off from his best friend, another horse who was still at the adoption event. Vettel said officers followed the miniature horse, trying several times to corral him.

Officers and Jellybean's handlers were becoming increasingly worried as he ran by high-traffic areas such as the corner of Main Avenue and 45th Street.

While speeds were slow during most of the pursuit, at times the little horse forced squads to accelerate to more than 30 mph. "(Officers) said they were amazed at how fast his little legs could go," recalled Lt. Joel Vettel of the Fargo Police Department.

Fortunately Jellybean got tired after 30 minutes or so and officers were able to catch up with him.

"The Police Department was really good. The pony had actually gone up to one of the policemen and curled up to him," Faeth said.

Though critters ranging from moose to skunks have been spotted within Fargo city limits, Vettel said a small horse is definitely an oddity. And while the officers involved said it wasn't easy, Vettel said they had fun corralling Jellybean.

"It worked out really well, and I think everybody was appreciative that he wasn't hurt," he said.


TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: horse

1 posted on 05/02/2012 9:10:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Cute little guy.

thnx.


2 posted on 05/02/2012 9:18:24 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway

If he had pissed them off he would have become chislik.


3 posted on 05/02/2012 9:19:46 PM PDT by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: nickcarraway

A proud day for the Fargo Police Dept. Three men to subdue an animal that is barely visible in the picture.


4 posted on 05/02/2012 9:19:46 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: nickcarraway
Bucket. Horse feed. Shake. Stand still.

It's not hard.

/johnny

5 posted on 05/02/2012 9:21:21 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway
The pony had actually gone up to one of the policemen and curled up to him

Aw!
6 posted on 05/02/2012 9:25:27 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: andyk

Except it’s not a pony, it’s a horse. They were bred to pull ore carts in the mines.


7 posted on 05/02/2012 9:32:53 PM PDT by Pelham (Marco Rubio, la raza trojan horse.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
A proud day for the Fargo Police Dept. Three men to subdue an animal that is barely visible in the picture.

I would rather that, than see them unload their service weapons into the beast because they thought it "might" be dangerous. Care often takes far more effort than disdain, just as civilization takes more effort than tyranny.

For reference, see: Cop shoots cow.


8 posted on 05/02/2012 9:35:53 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

hey, c’mon, at least they didn’t shoot it!


9 posted on 05/02/2012 9:39:59 PM PDT by Gunslingr3
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To: nickcarraway

Awwww. this is adorable!


10 posted on 05/02/2012 9:44:16 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Talisker

I find that local police are not as creative as state police. Their default mode is to just shoot at it, even if the task is getting a kitten out of a tree or opening a locked car door.


11 posted on 05/02/2012 9:44:21 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Pelham

12 posted on 05/02/2012 9:47:09 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: nickcarraway

Poor Jellybean looks exhausted!


13 posted on 05/02/2012 9:55:52 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
You don't even need horse feed. Just throw some pebbles in the bucket, rattle it around, and they'll come to you for the sound.

As a ponygirl, I know secrets.

14 posted on 05/02/2012 9:58:34 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: windcliff; stylecouncilor

Small horse in Stable condition after he hoofed it avoiding the lawmen for a while. He didn’t Go Far in Fargo.


15 posted on 05/02/2012 10:01:39 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Lazlo in PA

Lazlo: “I find that local police are not as creative as state police. Their default mode is to just shoot at it, even if the task is getting a kitten out of a tree or opening a locked car door.”

C’mon, Lazlo. Seriously? When’s the last time you saw or read about local police shooting kittens out of trees?


16 posted on 05/02/2012 10:30:31 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Lol


17 posted on 05/02/2012 10:32:09 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: CitizenUSA
Seriously? When’s the last time you saw or read about local police shooting kittens out of trees?

Not recently. They are out of season right now.

18 posted on 05/02/2012 10:41:50 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: nickcarraway

Funny! No harm, no foul, it looks like they all had fun-except the horse.


19 posted on 05/02/2012 11:10:08 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: nickcarraway

I am glad it worked out without the animal being shot. Good cops.


20 posted on 05/02/2012 11:28:10 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Lazlo in PA
Better than this bunch, though.
21 posted on 05/02/2012 11:28:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ponygirl

He’ll sleep well tonight.


22 posted on 05/02/2012 11:29:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Vendome

Good thing they didn’t mistake him for a dog.


23 posted on 05/03/2012 5:08:59 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: BuffaloJack

LOL. That’s cold.

Thems rural cops and probably can tell the difference.


24 posted on 05/03/2012 9:02:19 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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