Perris family widens search for missing pony
After more than a week of searching, officials from the Riverside County Department of Animal Services remain on the lookout for a pony missing in an unincorporated area near Perris. They are asking for the public's help in finding her.
Geraldine Hadley, 62, has owned the pony, Marcie, for 20 years, the last 16 of which owner and pony have shared a mobile home on 1 1/2 acres of rural land in Riverside County.
But when Hadley went out to feed Marcie the morning of Dec. 13, the padlock was off the gate and the chestnut pony was gone.
“It might be a pony-borrowing,” Hadley said. “This is Christmastime, and she is a cute little thing.
“She wouldn’t have just gone running off. She has bad feet.”
Hadley said she looked everywhere and has checked with neighbors, all of whom know Marcie and know where she belongs.
Hadley added that her two granddaughters, one of whom lives with her and has known Marcie all her life, are devastated.
“They’re not taking it well at all,” she said. “I honestly believed someone would bring her by.”
The owner even posted about her lost pony on the Riverside County Animal Services’ Facebook page, but she said that so far, she has no leads.
Marcie, she said, is “most definitely part of the family. She’s there all the time. She’s there to tell me when to have dinner. It leaves a big hole.”
-- Matt Stevens
Photo: Marcie the missing pony. Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services