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Arrest made in Southern Arkansas University stolen horse case

An SAU student is allegedly an accomplice in the theft of five horses and the death of one.


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Credit Card, a registered Quarter Horse owned by SAU Rodeo team president Shaun Smith, was found dead on Nov. 25, 2011. Photo:
A disturbing breakthrough has been made in the investigation into the theft of five Southern Arkansas University rodeo horses, including one that was found dead. SAU freshman Jaci Rae Jackson was arrested on six felony theft charges. She is also being held on felony charges of bringing stolen property into Oklahoma, concealing stolen property and cruelty to animals. Jackson was a member of the SAU rodeo team.

The five horses were stolen, along with an aluminum trailer and several items of tack, early in the morning of Nov. 3. The trailer and tack was found that evening near the Arkansas/Oklahoma border, but the horses were nowhere to be found. Four of the five horses were found tied in a wooded area on Nov. 15, emaciated but alive. The fifth horse, a sorrel named Credit Card, was not with them.

On Nov. 25, Credit Card’s remains were found in the area near where the other horses had been recovered. According to an affidavit for Jackson’s arrest, she told an informant in a recorded conversation that she had wanted Credit Card killed, and her mother’s boyfriend shot the horse.

Authorities have not released a motive for the crimes, the affidavit states that Jackson had "romanitc problems" with one of the horse's owners and that she had told an unnamed source that some of the horses' owners "had made her mad."

Two other arrest warrants have been issued, but police are not releasing the names of the suspects as they are still searching for them.

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Chelsea    Douglass, KS

6/5/2012 10:35:59 AM

I have been wondering about the update on the horse theifs? Are they in jail?

Cynthia Butler    Jasper, AL

1/26/2012 11:58:24 AM

Shaun my heart goes out to you.My daughter and me have also shed a lot of tears for you.It is hard to believe we have the kind of people in this world that can do something like this.I belive you will meet up with Credit Card again one day.Our Hearts are with you.

Kim    Grand Valley, ON

1/22/2012 9:40:49 AM

Shaun, I know it doesn't help but at least he didn't suffer. Animals aren't stupid they know when someone means them harm but they trust anyway. Anyone that can hurt another living thing must have some very serious issues and as hard as it is we should feel "heart" for them being as theirs is so dried up that they can't see how "heartless" they are being. RIP - Credit Card knowing you were LOVED.

amber    oshawa, ON

1/21/2012 12:23:23 AM

I can not believe someone can do that! she should be treated the same way she treated credit card!! starve her and lock her up for life!!!

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