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Published April 30, 2012, 05:50 PM

Miniature Pony Gives Fargo Police, Handlers Quite a Run

FARGO – A miniature horse named Jellybean caused some big trouble for police officers here Sunday afternoon. The brown and white pony was in town as part of a Girl Scout pet adoption event near 43rd Street and 10th Avenue South when he wiggled out of his halter and went on the lam.

By: Wendy Reuer, Forum Communications

FARGO – A miniature horse named Jellybean caused some big trouble for police officers here Sunday afternoon.

The brown and white pony was in town as part of a Girl Scout pet adoption event near 43rd Street and 10th Avenue South when he wiggled out of his halter and went on the lam.

Jellybean is in training at the Hawley, Minn., High-tail Horse Ranch and Rescue to be a therapy pet. The Hightail Rescue program works to adopt out rescued horses to new homes and provides lessons for new horsemen, Hightail Owner Charlotte Tuhy said.

Police Lt. Joel Vettel said officers were in the area of the 900 block of 44th Street South around 2:45 p.m. when they noticed the roughly 3-foot horse running along the street.

“They obviously recognized that was a concern,” Vettel said.

About the same time officers spotted Jellybean, Hightail volunteers noticed he was no longer tied to the trailer where he was supposed to be resting.

“Kids started yelling and screaming and off they went,” said Hightail Volunteer Kathy Faeth. “The chase was on.”

Tuhy said it was very unusual for Jellybean to run off from his best friend, another horse who was still in the middle of the adoption event.

Vettel said officers followed the miniature horse, trying several times to corral the animal.

“They were unsuccessful several times. Again, not being accustomed to handling larger animals, it wasn’t easy,” Vettel said.

Officers and Jellybean’s handlers were becoming increasingly worried, as he ran by high traffic areas such as the corner of Main Avenue and 45th Street.

About six officers in squad cars and on foot chased after Jellybean, at times reportedly getting the cars up to speeds around 35 mph.

Jellybean matched their speed.

“(Officers) said they were amazed at how fast his little legs could go,” Vettel said.

After about a half hour, Jellybean tired and allowed the officers to catch up to him.

“The police department was really good. The pony had actually gone up to one of the policemen and curled up to him,” Faeth said.

Although, a number of animals from moose to skunks have been spotted within Fargo city limits, Vettel said a small horse is certainly unusual to see in this area.

“(Miniature horses) are small but they can be a danger,” he said.

Vettel said the officers involved admitted that although not easy, they had a little fun trying to coral the tiny horse.

“It worked out really well and I think everybody was appreciative that he wasn’t hurt.”

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