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Sale of arthritic horse stirs felony theft count

A man was charged Friday with felony theft after the “good, sound horse” he sold for $25,000 turned out to be arthritic, according to documents filed in Allen Superior Court.

Michael D. Pederson, 43, sold the horse named Motown to a woman in March, and a few weeks later, the animal came up lame, court documents stated.

A veterinarian’s exam revealed the horse had pre-existing arthritis. This prompted the buyer to make a theft report with Allen County police in September. She told police she had trusted Pederson when he told her Motown was a “good, sound horse,” according to court documents.

Pederson, who recently moved to North Carolina, has a warrant for his arrest.

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