MARINETTE — Following a story in the EagleHerald on Feb. 2, further details emerged regarding the missing horse which previously resided at the home at W1147 Old Peshtigo Road, between Menards, Country Inn & Suites and the Rail House Restaurant & Brew Pub, by the intersection of Old Peshtigo Road and Old Peshtigo Court.
According to the horse’s owner, Steven Urbaniak, the Marinette Police Department were approached by a concerned citizen who had taken photos of individuals removing the horse from the property during Urbaniak’s extended absence. Urbaniak had entrusted the care of the horse and his other animals to friends and family while he was away, but returned in September to find the horse missing. Urbaniak’s mother, Dolores Urbaniak, had undergone a heart bypass surgery and had asked friends to rehome the other animals during the absence, but not the horse. A friend in charge of the horse’s care admitted to moving the horse, with the promise that the horse would be returned upon Steven Urbaniak’s arrival home, which never happened.
The Marinette Police Department had been investigating the theft of the horse as larceny since October. Upon receiving the photos and identifying the individuals involved in its removal, the police department received a confession that the horse had died on the farm in Porterfield where it was transported, and labeled the case “a misunderstanding.”
Urbaniak said he plans to see if he can press civil charges against all persons involved in the removal, transportation and housing of the horse.