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Rodeo community responds to help recover horses stolen from North Las Cruces corral

It was broad daylight on Thursday, May 9 when two horses were stolen from Julie Baish’s corral.

“We’ve been doing this for years and years,” Julie Baish said. “We’ve never had anything stolen; nothing taken.”

She says she saw a trailer down by the corral, something that is not uncommon for her property. She regularly hosts rodeo events at the arena near the corral. She never expected the horses to be stolen.

“Come steal my tractor. Come steal my truck,” she said. “Don’t steal an animal that we love and care for. I look at them, we look at them everyday. These are our babies.”

Baish told me the chances of finding horses after they are stolen are very slim, but she wasn’t going to lose them without doing anything she could do.

“The only tool I had was social media,” she said. “Facebook is a weird place, but without it, there’s no we would have had these horses back.”

She said the horses are now on their way home after police found them near Odessa.

Baish is instituting more security to make sure something like this never happens again.

The man allegedly responsible for stealing the horses is named Ruben Sanchez.

He is also facing charges for an alleged armed robbery out of Anthony, Texas.

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