FBI seeks victims in possible Berks Co. horse rescue fraud case


The FBI wants to hear from individuals who may have been defrauded by a Berks County horse rescue.

FBI investigator told the website Rate My Horse Pro that it is seeking possible victims who purchased horses from Another Chance 4 Horses in Bernville but never received them - or received a different horse.

The request comes six weeks after the FBI raided the home of the rescue's operators Christy and Rick Sheidy and removed computers, cell phones, veterinary records and other files, according to WFMZ-TV.

The well-known group specializes in rescuing horses from the New Holland livestock auction and elsewhere who might otherwise be sent to the slaughter house.

But the fundraising efforts of the rescue and its practice of working with so-called "kill buyers" have raised concerns in the horse community for years.

The FBI is examining whether individuals received a different horse than the one that was purchased or whether horses were altered in some way, according to Rate My Horse Pro.

They are also looking into whether health certificates that were paid for were not supplied to purchasers.

FBI Special Agent Charlene Trux says investigators want to speak with anyone with information about this case as it relates to fraudulent horse sales or paperwork issues. Trux can be reached at 610-433-6488.

Read more on the case in the most recent edition of Pennsylvania Equestrian.