HALLSVILLE, TX (KLTV) - 22 East Texas horses are rescued from starvation and their owner has been arrested. Debra Jean Morris of Hallsville has been charged with animal cruelty.
Their shaken bodies show the tale tell signs of malnutrition. From dirty stables to horses with uncared hooves Safe Haven arrived to rescue them.
"They haven't been handled," said Richard Fincher, the executive director of Safe Haven. "As you can see, they have run amuck on us. They don't have the veterinarian care. From what we can see they're mama's and babies that haven't had their shots yet."
"It would make me cry," said Angela Pool, a neighbor. "It would just make me cry a lot just to think that there was nothing I could do."
Pool lives right across the street from the starving horses.
"My prayers have been answered," said Pool. "I have been praying and praying and praying that the Lord will take care of these horses! Please, have somebody come and take these horses because she was not able to take care of them. How can you sit in your house and eat when you've got starving mouths outside? How can you do that? It just makes me so sick."
Pool, who has two healthy horses of her own, said she noticed for almost a year that these horses were not being taken care of.
"They get out several times...and I think they're looking for water and food you know," said Pool. "I would always tell my husband, 'Oh my God, you know when are these horses going to get water.'"
Now with 22 more horses to feed Safe Haven is in dire need.
"Unfortunately, our bank account is low as many horses as we've got," said Fincher. "We need help. We're going to need the help to take care of all this and with God's help we will. We will take care of them."
All of the horses will be quarantined for 10 days at the veterinarian. If you would like to help Safe Haven with the horses, go to our Big Red Box on the home page. There you will find the link, "Help Starving Horses."