Dedham Society Vows To Protect Horses From Mistreatment

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DEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A local organization heads a warning to anyone who messes with horses throughout the state.

The Society in Dedham for Apprehending Horse Thieves is “the oldest continually existing horse thief apprehending organization in the United States.”

The organization includes police officers, judges and even former presidents. After some recent media attention, President Ron Schneider said the organization is revamping their mission to protect local equine.

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“There were a couple of articles in the papers about somebody mistreating a horse and I vowed to go after that person,” he said. “Anybody that mistreats [or steals] a horse we go right after them.”

This includes the areas of West Roxbury, Westwood, Needham and anywhere else in Massachusetts Schneider said.

While the organization has been in existence since 1810, the contemporary aim of the posse is much different.

“It’s become a fun society,” Schneider said. “We’ve done a lot for different charities for children and other organizations.”

WBZ’s Chris Fama (CFamaWBZ) has more on the society:

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