Mule reunited with owner after getting loose during blizzard

A mule wandering around Intech Park on the northwest side after the blizzard Wednesday was safely captured and reunited with its owner.

Sadie was a little spooked after wandering the area near around the office park Tuesday and Wednesday. After several sightings, Indianapolis Animal Care and Control was called in.

“Yeah, she doesn’t seem to be bothering too, too many people,” said Officer Lee Callahan.  “We just keep getting calls about her so we need to try to get her out of here.”

At first glance, it looked like capturing Sadie was going to be a piece of cake.  Well, after a few minutes of cat and mouse, Sadie had enough and took off with a trot into some nearby fields. Out in the open, things got interesting.

“Oh no, you’re not going to get that close to her,” said Elex Franklin. “I’ve tried for three days.”

Franklin should know because he’s Sadie’s owner.

“She’s just wild, can’t be caught,” Franklin said. “That’s the first time she’s got loose. When she got loose, she’s enjoying her freedom and she doesn’t want to be caught.”

It seemed like Sadie was enjoying her freedom so much that one animal control officer wasn’t enough.  So he called in a few reinforcements.

It was three against one. They got close a few times.  But, no luck.  Sadie just laughed at their futile attempt to corral her.  Animal control officers said they are just worried she’s going to get hurt.

“We definitely don’t want her to get into traffic,” said Officer Callahan. “We wouldn’t want her to get hit and we wouldn’t want any civilians getting hurt by hitting her.

An hour later, Sadie was still on the run.

“Every time she heads toward this way and she knows what’s going to happen she’ll go another way,” said Franklin.

Animal Care and Control Officers eventually gave up the chase and said it’s on the owner to capture Sadie.

Around 8 p.m. Thursday, a truck hauling a big red trailer pulled into the Fox59 parking lot. Inside the trailer, Sadie!

Volunteers from the Hearts and Hoofs Equine Ministry from Monrovia, Ind. drove about 30 minutes to help rescue Sadie.

Josh Whitaker and his wife, volunteers with the organization, and a friend worked to coral the mule on horseback.

It took them about an hour to wrangle Sadie safely into the trailer. She was later reunited with her owner.

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