LINDALE, TX (KLTV) – The Humane Society of the United States, SPCA of East Texas and Humane Society of North Texas worked with the Smith County District Attorney's Office to rescue 50 horses from a Lindale property.
The District Attorney's office served a seizure warrant to the owner of the horses Tuesday, opening the door for the rescue team to begin removal on Wednesday.
Most of the horses on the 70-acre ranch are quarter-horses, and most showed signs of neglect and severe emaciation. Some even suffered from parasite infestation and overgrown hooves. The group also included pregnant mares and a few yearlings.
Rescuers also found several dead horses and numerous equine skeletons on site.
"These horses may have been struggling to survive for quite some time, but now thanks to everyone involved in this rescue they will receive the care they so desperately need," said Nicole Paquette, Texas senior state director for The HSUS. "It is the responsibility of every horse owner to provide humane, responsible care for their horses at all stages of their lives."
All of the horses are being transported to a temporary shelter where they will be checked by a team of veterinarians and given any necessary immediate medical care.
The horses will stay at the shelter until their custody is determined.
The Humane Society of the United States encourages horse owners who are no longer able to care for their pets humanely, to consider some of the following options:
- Sell the horse to a properly vetted, private owner
- Lease the horse to another horse enthusiast
- Donate the horse to a therapeutic riding center, park police unit or similar program
- Relinquish the horse to a horse rescue or sanctuary
- Consider humane euthanasia.