Roo is back home with his owner of eight-years, Crystal Haring.
Charges have been filed against a New York equine appraiser accused of stealing a horse that she borrowed, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. Leah Struzzieri is charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
The horse named Roo is back with the woman authorities say owns the gelding, Crystal Haring. Haring, of Cairo, says she boarded at the same stable where Struzzieri operated her horse business, New York Horse Center.
A verbal agreement allegedly made between the women allowed Struzzieri to use Roo in her 4H program. A program Haring says she now knows never existed. “There were 10 kids in the program in January, we all got duped.”
Struzzieri is accused of preventing Haring and law enforcement officials from recovering the gelding last month and providing forged ownership documents. Haring tells Rate My Horse PRO that Struzzieri forged her [Haring’s] signature on the horse’s registration documents with the American Paint Horse Association.
We contacted Stuzzieri and her attorney advised her not to comment. John Hillman of Hillman Law is representing Stuzzieri in the matter. Hillman says Struzzieri was given the horse by its owner. Hillman states “nothing is in writing” to memorialize the agreement.
Hillman says he believes his client is the victim in the case. “She will have her day in court.”
After a 13-day search the sorrel gelding was found in a garage at a private residence in Cayuga County. “I’m happy he’s home and safe,” Haring says. She adds she won’t be doing business in the horse industry after the experience.
Struzzieri was arraigned after her arrest. She is free on $6,000 bond.
Authorities say their criminal investigation continues.