Redding woman posts reward for return of stolen horse

Joy Wylhite emotional as she said her horse D'Lite is part of her family and considers the horse her best friend.

A Redding woman reported her horse was stolen from her backyard late Saturday night and has now asked the public for help.

Joy Wilhite, 53, said her horse D'Lite is part of her family and considers the horse her best friend. Wilhite said she went out to her backyard early Sunday morning to feed D'Lite and when she didn't initially see her, she thought maybe she was hiding.

"I went out and normally she would just come running and greet me and be all happy and excited and she was nowhere to be found," said Wilhite.

Wilhite noticed her chainlink fence bordering her property in her backyard was cut through from top to bottom.

"You can't lose 1800 pound animal, you know. I went around and called her and called her and looked everywhere," said Joy

That's when Wilhite realized someone took her best friend. She said words can't express the distress she's currently going through.

"I don't know what else to say. I'm not able to sleep I'm not eating. It's as if my children have been kidnapped," wept Wilhite.

Wilhite says her neighbor asked her to take care of her a long time ago. The neighbor left the area and never came back so Wilhite raised D'Lite as her own, taking care of her for the past four years.

Wilhite said she filed a report with the Shasta County Sheriff's Office but says she is offering a reward to those who may have information on D'Lite.

"There are so many pictures posted out there now and if anybody sees her ... there is a $100 reward and that might not seem like a lot but that's all I can do at this point. [If] someone can give me information and help me to bring her back home.," said Wilhite.

If anyone has information, they contact the Shasta County Sheriff.

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