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Donations Pour In After Horse Rescue Break-In

After a horse rescue was hit by thieves three days before Christmas, viewers have rallied behind Paws Ranch Equine Rescue.

Director Delores Hanser says the group has now received more than $16,000 in donations and pledges, which will more than make up for the roughly $12,000 in equipment that was stolen.

Hanser say that in the hours after the story aired December 23, she received multiple phone calls of people offering whatever resources they could and volunteers stepping up and actually visiting the ranch to help clean up.

But the most remarkable phone call, has been from Atlanta businessman Jack Tarver. He and his fiance saw the story while on vacation in Highlands, N.C. and knew they wanted to help.

He and his family help fun a foundation and have offered to match any donations to Paws Ranch up to $6000. "My experience has been the more things you do, the more things come back to you," said Tarver on Christmas Day. "I'm glad we're in a position to be of some help."

The Bostic barn of Paws Ranch Equine Rescue was burglarized sometime after 10 p.m. Sunday night. Thieves took more than $12,000 in saddles, bridles, tack and grooming tools from the nonprofit group, which is taking care of more than a dozen horses right now.

Officials told Paws Ranch Director Delores Hanser that there have been a series of break-ins along Wells Church Road over the last month.

Hanser's residence is next door to the barn, there are cameras and even an electric fence, but during the rainstorms that swept through Sunday night, thieves were able to evade the cameras by pulling up to a back gate.

They left the gate open, allowing horses to break into a feed storage room and eat about $500 in stored feed.

But Hanser has about 45 volunteers that work with Paws Ranch, some are kids doing community service or school projects and other at-risk youth come as therapy.


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