UPDATE: It has been determined that Gerri Leigh Pratt's purse containing her beloved three pound Poodle was last seen at the Columbus Fish Market restaurant on Olentangy River Road. Gerri Leigh is offering a $2,000 reward for his safe return.
According to AQHA judge Jan Hoskins...
"My good friend Gerri Leigh Pratt had her bag stolen Friday night outside of Congress Hall - inside was her phone AND her Teacup Poodle Richard!!!! I'm sure whoever lifted it did not realize what kind of bag
it was - there was no wallet so no identification & Richard did not have
his collar on. If anyone has seen a black bag tossed somewhere or a tiny black
Teacup Poodle, please please please go to Mike Hay's Pilot Knob Quarter Horses booth in Congress Hall and let them know!!!! Richard is very timid so might be hiding and probably
Hoskin told GoHorseShow.com, "Those dogs are Gerri Leigh's life and they are doing all they can to find Richard. He is so timid, he's not the kind of dog who will be found roaming around. He'll probably be curled up somewhere."
We wish Gerri Leigh the very best of luck in finding Richard. Please help get the word out. If anyone has any information leading to the safe recovery of Richard, please contact GoHorseShow.com or Mike Hay on his cell phone at 336-462-2527.
I just saw the ad in Thursday’s Columbus Dispatch about the tiny black poodle, and I’m sorry I don’t have any definite information, but I did see a poodle of this description walking by my house on Tuesday, early afternoon. A lot of people walk their dogs in this neighborhood, so I’m familiar with most of them, but I had never seen this dog before. It was running along beside a young woman who was walking two black dachshunds on a leash. But the poodle wasn’t on a leash. It was just walking along with them. I thought that was curious, and I noticed the dog because it was so tiny and cute, and because of its poodle haircut. This was on Rightmire Blvd which is about three miles from the Columbus Fish Market. I hope her dog is found soon, if he hasn’t been already.
Since this happend around the OSU campus area, and there are many students walking to classes who would enjoy the reward money, she might want to think about getting the story in the OSU Campus newspaper, I think it's called The Lantern. I bet they would run it for her. Also I don't know if Grandview has their own pet police, I know Bexley did when I lived there, she might want to check into that too.
A suggestion: Go to the Press Room located in the Celeste Center and see if through their connections one of the morning shows like the local version of good morning america would be willing to run it with the picture of the pup as a human interest story. I know that area and my guess is there are no horse people involved, therefore, getting it to the non-horse people in the area through the news media would be an excellent avenue to pursue.
Its not the industry per say... its people in general.... it is held in a not so great urban area where we are seeing more and more non horse show people milling around.... or they have friends who are working there... I am surprised there are not more things stolen.. what a brazen little sh.. to take it right where the person was standing.. and I was not so great with leaving my purse on the picnic table why taking the puppy to the bathroom! i would put this on the news if it hasnt been already and check the dog shelters... people are so non caring and selfish these days,,.,.,..when you run into a good person.. its refreshing..
I dont know why the first comment seems to think it is our industry. These shows are in urban areas - there is a good chance there are ordinary people, not in our industry, roaming the show grounds to get their hands on anything they can! Dont be so quick to assume it is us ... it is not as if the theft was a saddle, show clothes, etc. This was a purse! Sounds as if it is an ordinary non-horse person to me ... However you never know .. but still ... I think I made my point.
I am 71 and have shown Quarter Horses since the early 60's. We used to go to shows and never thought about locking the tack stalls. No one would bother your "stuff", saddles, halters, bridles, etc. This is extremely disturbing that our bigger shows are a warehouse for thieves. It's bad enuf to take tack, but a puppy.................Are you kidding. Hope you get her back but in this day and time you can trust no one at all. Last year in Iowa at Cedar Rapids, saddles were stolen, show halters, etc., and yas, a lady had puppies stolen she had brought to sell. Sad state of affairs in the World today. Unfortunately, thse thieves are not random people, they know what the stuff is worth.