When Gloria Finglass called Pure Gold Pet Trackers, she wasn't expecting them to find her niece's horse, missing since Oct. 16. She simply hoped to learn if the horse left her Hereford farm through a broken fence.
She and others have spent four days searching the woods behind the fence on her 18-acre farm for Junior, a 7-year-old chestnut gelding. If Finglass could be sure the horse escaped through the fence, she'd keep combing the woods.
But after getting Junior's scent from his saddle pad, the pet-tracking dog didn't react at the fence. Instead, Salsa, a golden retriever, tracked through a pasture, down the front yard and through a stream. The dog stopped on a long driveway off York Road that leads to several farms, including Finglass'.
"This is where the scent ends," said Sam Connelly, Salas's owner. "It's disappointing we didn't find the horse and it doesn't look like he went into the woods."
Finglass, who is going to horse auctions this weekend to look for Junior, is now offering a $1,000 reward.
"We just want Junior back. No questions asked," she said.
The horse is boarded at her farm, but belongs to her niece, Kelly Strucko, 15. She hung homemade flyers throughout Hereford with two photos of Junior.
Someone who saw a flyer called Finglass on Oct. 20 to say Junior was in a field in Norrisville. Finglass drove to the farm and found a horse with similar markings, but it wasn't Junior.
Anyone with information is asked to call Finglass at 410-329-2169, Strucko at 410-472-1769, or Cockeysville police at 410-887-1820