SPCA of Texas and Kaufman County Sheriff Seize Four Starving Horses
from Kaufman County Property

(KAUFMAN COUNTY, TX; McKINNEY, TX); August 23, 2011 -- Under the authority of the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, the SPCA of Texas seized four starving horses this morning from a Kaufman County property, just North of Crandall, TX. The horses--three mares and one foal--were kept in a small, 20 foot by 30 foot pen--that also contained a large boat and piles of scrap metal--on the property without appropriate food, water, shelter or care.

Two of the mares and the foal are very emaciated. The third mare appears normal in weight. The mare that is of normal weight has a prolapsed eye. All of the horses have multiple lacerations.

To download photos from the property this morning, scroll to the bottom of the page.

On August 2, the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department contacted the SPCA of Texas regarding underweight horses on an approximately half acre property North of Crandall, TX. After visiting the property and seeing that the horses had no food, water, shelter or care, the Investigator for the SPCA of Texas and a Deputy for the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department contacted the animal owner, and attempted to work with that person to bring the animals' conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code. On a follow up visit, although the horses were being supplied food and water, the hay was moldy and the water was not drinkable, and the animals had been moved into a small round pen, so the SPCA of Texas' Investigator contacted the animal owner again. The animal owner claimed that other people were asked to care for the horses and blamed those other people for the lack of care. The Investigator reiterated that the owner is responsible for providing the horses consistent and appropriate food, water, shelter and care and outlined how the animal owner needed to comply with Texas Health and Safety Code. On the last visit, the animal owner did not comply. 

This morning, the Deputy and the Investigator for the SPCA of Texas agreed that the horses were in danger and in need of immediate care. The Kaufman County Sheriff's Department obtained a seizure warrant this morning and the animals were removed by the SPCA of Texas and taken to the SPCA of Texas' Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 Stacy Rd. in McKinney,TX, where they will be cared for until the custody hearing, which will be held on Thursday, August 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1 Courthouse at 3001 S. Washington in Kaufman, TX, Judge Johnny Perry presiding.

If the SPCA of Texas receives custody of the horses, they would be individually evaluated for adoption or placement on a case by case basis.

"It is imperative to give all animals--livestock and companion animals--appropriate food, water, shelter and care at all times," said Art Muñoz, Senior Investigator for the SPCA of Texas. "When hay is scarce, as it is this summer, and the ground is bare, as it will remain until next Spring, livestock owners need to supplement their animals nutrition and supply fresh water, in addition to providing appropriate shelter and care. These horses will now receive the food, water, shelter and care they so desperately needed."

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The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and two spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of five animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in eight North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each others’ lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home.

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