World's Smallest Pony Alleged Stolen by the Italian Mafia

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Italy was hit with a new kind of crime this past week; the country's tiniest pony star was stolen. According to Metro UK, officials believe Charlie, thought to be the world's smallest pony, is being held for ransom by the Italian mafia.

Charlie, who measures a mere 2 feet (63 cm) tall, was taken out of his stall at Città di Castello. The pony and his owner Bartolo Messina were planning on performing at the National Horse Show before the incident occurred.

Currently, police suspect members of the country's organized crime circuit are the thieves. Officials believe the animal was snatched and then taken in a car that sped away from the scene. The president of the National Horse Show, Angelo Capecci, has released a statement apologizing to Messina and sharing his shame over the theft that occurred at his stables.

Capecci expressed his sympathies stating, "We were victims of a serious crime that offends and humiliates the equine world," he told Metro UK. "We sympathize with Bartolo Messina, a great equestrian artist who loves and lives by his horses, and had trained the victim of this sad episode with extraordinary kindness and ability."

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I hope everyone is getting a good laugh over the Mafia....they should be terribly embarrassed to have to resort to "horse rustling" to make a buck.

September 17 2013 at 8:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What! No drugs to traffic???
Getting pretty desperate.

September 16 2013 at 9:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the meat of that pony must taste sweeeet! that is what will happen if the ransom isn't paid. since the Japanese like horse meat, and their food is among the most delicious in the world, horse meat (and even mini pony) must taste very good.

September 16 2013 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And here I thought horse thieves were an icon of our Old West! Shows how slowly the Mafia catches up... But seriously, is the business of crime returning such a poor ROI that these losers have to steal a very little PONY for ransom? Come now, you baloney brains: you're embarrassing yourselves!

September 16 2013 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did they run out of billionaires and wealthy tourists to kidnap?

September 16 2013 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jutta von sivers

they probably made salami out of him already.

September 16 2013 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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