Alleged horse thief turns herself in to authorities

April 26, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Madera woman accused of using her job to steal horses has been booked into jail.

Summer Tex turned herself in to authorities on Saturday morning after media coverage of her case. The 27-year-old woman works as a brand inspector for the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

The Madera County Sheriff's Office says Tex was supposed to deliver two quarter horses to facilities where they would serve as "buddy horses" to colts and fillies. But they are still missing to this day, and their owner fears they may have been shipped out of state for slaughter.

The case is still under investigation by the state and the Sheriff's Ag Crimes Task Force.

Anyone with information on the missing horses is asked to contact the Madera County Sheriff's Office at (559) 675-7770.


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