Stolen horse had Civil War acting career

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CHOCTAW, Okla. -- A Choctaw animal hospital is robbed in the middle of the night and it wasn't cash the crooks were after.

They made their heist outside, cutting through chains on pens to steal two horses staying at Town and Country Animal Hospital while their owners were out of town.

Their owner, Steve Mixon, has been caring for "Katie," a quarter horse mare, for nearly all of her 20 years.

He feeds her well and sometimes gives her a mask to keep flies out of her eyes.

So you can imagine how he felt when she was stolen Sunday night.

"I was pretty mad because they are like family and it takes you a long time to get them where they need to be," he said.

Katie was actually found the next day alone, down the road, and she may have been mistreated.

Her back leg was swollen and there was blood on her body.

"That blood splatter is not her blood," Mixon said. "That's from somebody else or something else."

But Mixon had another horse stolen that night that is still missing, a 10-year-old gelding named "Doozie."

Doozie smiles when there's a bit in his mouth, perfect for a seasoned actor.

Mixon actually rides him in Civil War reenactments around the state and beyond.

He doesn't flinch around cannon and gun fire.

"You've got to have faith in the horses because when all that stuff is happening, you don't them to break in half and start bucking on you," Mixon said.

Town and Country Animal Hospital Owner, Dr. Paulette Groth, said you can't sell horses for very much money these days.

So who would take him?

"Apparently they're a criminal," she said. "Just a horrible thing to do. It's like taking somebody's best friend."

"He's like part of the family," Mixon said. "This horse (Katie) will be with me 'til she dies. I'm not going to get rid of her. She'll get buried back here."

Doozie has a scar on its neck that looks like a spider web.

Call the Choctaw Police Department if you have any information on the theft.