Woman with special needs wants stolen horse returned

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FARMINGTON, MO (KTVI) - A St. Francois County woman with special needs says someone stole the one thing that helps her get through the day.

She`s talking about a horse trained to help its owner.

She`s been circulating flyers, and investigators at the sheriff`s department say they`re looking into this strange case involving a horse that`s much more than an animal to its owner.

Kristina Mendoza relies on these leg braces to help her walk.  She has nerve damage that makes moving or even standing up difficult.  She is able to get around thanks to this horse.

Mendoza says her horse Sabel was taken from the Farmington area sometime this past weekend.  For now, there`s no other explanation why the horse is nowhere to be found.

She has one other horse, but Jasmine is too old to ride.  Mendoza says Sabel was trained in way to hold steady when its owner was near.

Mendoza is sharing these photos in hopes someone will spot her horse.  She is passing out flyers in the Farmington area hoping anyone with information will contact the St. Francois County Sheriff`s Department.

Mendoza hopes Sabel will be returned, no questions asked.  She`s not interested in pressing charges.

Investigators are not aware of any other horse thefts in the area.

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