News Story


Moorpark - Horses Injured After Being Released by Trespasser
3/7/2013 4:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Trespass resulting in injury to Animals

Report Number:



4200 Block of Hitch Boulevard, Moorpark

Date & Time:

March 6, 2013 / 1:30PM to 4:30PM hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office ' Patrol ' Moorpark Station Detectives

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty (D)ecedent

City of Residence


Unknown at this time




On the evening of March 6, 2013 deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office responded to a trespassing / possible cruelty to animals call in the 4200 block of Hitch Boulevard, in the unincorporated area, just outside the City of Moorpark.

During the investigation, it was determined that unknown suspect(s) intentionally released several of the victim's horses from their individual boarding stables, into a common arena.  As a result, the horses suffered a variety of injuries requiring extensive medical attention.

The investigation concluded that the horses were, in fact, intentionally released from their boarding stable by the suspect(s) and that the release was not accidental or the result of any manipulation by the horses.  However, at this point, detectives cannot confirm if the injuries to the horses were the result of intentional acts or the result of other means after their release.

Detectives are seeking assistance from the public in this case and are asking any individuals with information to call Detective Kevin Lynch at the Moorpark Sheriff's Station.  Individuals can also provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).


Prepared by:

Detective Kevin Lynch


Media Release Date:

March 8, 2013


Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Kevin Lynch (805) 532-2700


Approved by:

Captain Stephen Wade



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).