(DALLAS COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); December 22, 2011 -- Before a custody hearing today at the Dallas County Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Courthouse in Lancaster, TX, an agreement was reached between the SPCA of Texas and the animal owner for the animal owner to relinquish ownership of seven horses to the SPCA of Texas. Judge Valencia Nash signed the agreement.
Under the authority of the Dallas County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized seven starving animals--six ponies and one horse--on Thursday, December 22nd from a Dallas County property in the 2000 block of Wagon Wheels Trail in Dallas. The animals were not receiving appropriate food, water or care. Four other horses were found deceased on the property.
To see photos of the horses, taken at the property, please see below.
The six ponies were found living with two of the deceased horses--a mare and a foal--in a large makeshift pen constructed of barbed wire strung between trees and old fencing material. These horses had gnawed off all of the bark as high as they could reach and are very thin to emaciated. The seventh live horse was found in a separate, eight foot by eight foot pen which also contained a chicken coop and other debris. This horse is also very thin. Two other deceased horses were found inside two other, separate pens made of chain link fencing. Bark had also been gnawed off of the trees inside the pens where these deceased horses were found.
The SPCA of Texas received an anonymous complaint regarding abandoned horses, however; early this morning the animal owner arrived on the property. An SPCA of Texas investigator visited the property on Wednesday, December 21st and was able to see two of the deceased horses and other ponies that were very thin. The SPCA of Texas' Investigator and the Deputy for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department met the morning of Thursday, December 22nd and agreed that the animals were in need of immediate care. The Dallas County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant and the SPCA of Texas removed the animals and transported them to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney, TX, where they were cared for until the custody hearing.
The animals will now be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis.
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