Schenectady, NY—Local pun-making horse Brutus was found in a field on the edge of town, standing but unconscious, with his mane shaved off.
Brutus belongs to local farmer Mike McMillan, and appears to have been stolen sometime after 8 p.m. Wednesday night and was identified by a pedestrian early Thursday morning.
Brutus was quickly loaded onto a trailer and returned to his farm. The event does not seem to have dampened his spirits.
“Oh, I’m sure it could have been a lot worse. You might say I had a close shave with danger!”
The event follows on the heels of Brutus being put out to pasture at his owner’s farm.
“It can be a rough town,” Brutus said. “Things get pretty hairy now and then.”
Brutus has been questioned by police as to who might have had motivation to horsenap him and shaved his mane off.
“I never saw their faces while they were doing it. One thing’s for sure, though: they’re a cut above the usual riffraff.”
Police also talked to Brutus’s owner, Mike McMillan, but he declined to comment for the Post’s story. The police say they have a suspect identified and have issued a warrant for the person’s arrest.
Brutus is leery about jumping to conclusions concerning the criminal’s motivations, but he hopes the search will be concluded soon.
“I’m sure they’ll mount a proper search before long. Who knows? Maybe it was an arms dealer who dumped me once he realized I wasn’t a Colt.”
The chief of police, Kyle Burnes, is attempting to find officers willing to endure talking to Brutus long enough to get some real information, but so far has had no luck.
“I’m trying to get to the bottom of a crime,” Burnes says, “But sometimes people just don’t want to be helped.”
We’ll continue to follow this story and give updates as soon as they’re available.