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A Clydesdale vanished from a central MN farm – and the family is asking for help


Last Thursday night, Penelope the Clydesdale mare was there on the Schendels' farm just north of Milaca.

But by 3:30 a.m. the next morning she was gone.

The Schendel family is asking for help finding the horse, taking to Facebook and Craigslist to spread the word about what they say may have been a theft.

Penelope, according to the posting, is 2 years old with two distinct black front legs and a docked tail. When she went missing one week ago, she was wearing a red halter.

Hope Schednel, in a Facebook update from Sunday, said the family had seen Penelope Thursday night while doing chores. But when she and her husband Justin Schendel went to put all the horses in a barn at before 4 a.m., the Clydesdale was gone.

"Justin and I searched as much as we could in the dark ...I continued the search all day Friday visiting numerous neighbors," she wrote. "No one has even had a pile of manure in their yard, not even us! Our fence is totally intact and no trails of trampled grass."

They're asking anyone with information to contact them.

Hope says the friendly young horse "would probably go with anyone."

The family has reported the disappearance to local authorities – though the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office told FOX 9 they aren't considering it a theft at this time.

On Equine Now, Clydesdales sell for thousands of dollars.

In July, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office said it was investigating a report of two missing horses from Lynden Township, about 38 miles from Milaca.

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s 2014 Uniform Crime Report, there was $76,742 worth of livestock stolen in Minnesota last year, excluding cattle, swine and sheep. Of that, $6,194 worth of the livestock was recovered.

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