Comment of the Day: Opie & Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth

We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them.

So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even.

This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.

We wrote about the happy reunion between Opie, a horse who had been stolen a decade ago, and the owners who had endured a long, frustrating search.

One reader said there were lessons to be learned.

eurekachel wrote:

He lived a wonderful life BEFORE he was stolen. It breaks my heart to think of what happened to him AFTER he was taken. I am thankful for Della taking care of him. We figure he was gone for 8 months before she got him. The message is that horses can be found and laws need to be changed so that the people who commit this and other crimes on animals do not get off scott free due to statutes of limitations.

He is a bit thin but will be beefing up and resting for the near future. People also need to know that no horse is just "given" away and you should always check with your local police (which did not happen). There was no reason we could not have been reunited YEARS ago. All it took was a smple phone call or two. The information WAS out there.

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