PITTSFIELD TWP. — A $1,000 reward is being offered for Bogey, a horse missing from a Pittsfield Township home since Monday.
Rachel DiCesare, who recently bought Bogey from Cindy Scherry of Wakeman, said she intends to return Bogey to Scherry if he can be found.
She said she offered the reward because "We thought 'What if somebody has him and is waiting to turn him in?' "
Bogey jumped the fence at DiCesare's home at 46775 Hughes Road Monday afternoon. Dicesare said she spotted Bogey grazing in the front yard, but he ran off before her husband could get a hold of him.
Tomorrow is a big horse auction in Sugarcreek in Tuscarawas County, and she may be ready to buy him back if someone is selling him, she said.
"At this point if we go to the auction and he's there, we may just buy him," she said.
Bogey is 17 years old and has a bad back leg, but DiCesare said she bought them so her children could participate in 4-H like she did. Bogey is sorrel, which is a reddish-brown color, and has a white marking on his forehead.
She's appreciated the help people have given her in looking for Bogey.
"We've had more people than I even know looking," she said. She said about 30 people, on horseback, on foot, on 4-wheelers and people driving around have joined the effort.
"We think that he may be heading back to the barn that we got him from," DiCesare said. "It's just so rural out there, it's just so vast."
She said she spoke to people at the Lorain County Regional Airport who promised to keep an eye out from the sky.
She said she plans to return Bogey to Scherry if he is returned.
"I just feel like at our house we have a small little barn and don't have other horses, so maybe he didn't like being by himself," she said. "We're just really praying to find him so the whole saga can just be over and we can just move on with our lives. We can't just spend every day, morning till dark, looking for this horse."
Still DiCesare urges anyone who sees him to call as soon as possible.
"The biggest thing is they need to call immediately so we can get there before he moves on from whatever spot it is where he's at," she said.
“If they see him or find him, if they could call the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, that would be realy helpful,” Julie Dombrowski, Scherry's niece, has said.
The number for the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office is 329-3709.
Dombrowski added that anyone with information is welcome to call her aunt, Cindy Scherry, at 308-7396. DiCesare’s phone number is 796-0967.