Thieves steal saddles from Kaufman animal therapy center



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Posted on September 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 1 at 11:33 PM

KAUFMAN — Kaufman County authorities are investigating the theft of saddles from an animal therapy center in Kaufman.

The founder of Jake E’s Riding Round Up said someone broke into the facility’s tack room on Wednesday night and stole $11,000 worth of equipment.

“They ended up taking every western saddle that we have,” said Jana Ewing, the non-profit organization’s founder.

Her animal therapy center in Kaufman, about 40 miles east of Dallas, is geared towards kids and adults with special needs, and veterans. They’ve now been forced to cancel some upcoming riding classes.

“It is a big hit, but we know we’re going to be okay,” Ewing told News 8.

Jake E's Riding Round Up is offering a reward for information in the case. The Kaufman County Sheriff’s office confirmed they are investigating, but released no details about the status of the case.

Ewing started the program to remember her three-and-a-half-year-old son Jacob, who drowned in a swimming pool two years ago.

"He had a beautiful smile. He had a way of loving," she recalled. "So every day that we are able to love and give, it carries on his legacy."

Despite the crime, Ewing said she chooses to forgive the thief.

"We understand that people hurt. We understand that people have had hard times in their life," she said.