For Immediate Release: July 26 , 2012
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-469-0171
Pawhuska, Okla. – A Wynona, Okla. man was arraigned on 2 felony counts of Larceny of Domestic Animals Tuesday after he confessed to stealing 2 horses he was hired to break and train.
Michael John Delaney II, 26, turned himself in to authorities Monday. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigations leading up to Delaney’s surrender.
According to authorities, Delaney obtained possession of both horses on the pretense of breaking and training them, but failed to return the horses after the owners requested them.
Investigations revealed that one horse was traded. Perrier located that horse which is in the process of being returned to the owner.
Perrier says that authorities are still investigating the whereabouts of the other horse in an attempt to locate it and return it to the owner.
Delaney is currently out on $15,000 bond.
TSCRA would like to thank the Osage County Sheriff Office and Chief Investigator Charlie Cartwright for their assistance in these investigations.
TSCRA has 30 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
TSCRA is a 135 year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 15,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.