Custody of 43 seized horses awarded to SPCA

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - The 43 seized horses rescued from a property outside of Lindale will now be nursed back to health. We first told you about the horses last week, when S.P.C.A. rescued the sickly animals on 70 acres just off Pierce Road outside Lindale.

The horse's owner Linda Michael represented herself in a custody hearing. Michael argued a pond, poisoned three years ago, caused the deteriorating condition of the animals.

Several vets and a humane society representative testified the horses would continue to die if not taken off the property.

"It was you know the number of horses, the poor health that they were in, the circumstances," said Stacy Segal, the Humane Society's Equine Specialist. "They were not going to be able to survive in the circumstances they were in but also it was very sad in that it was very preventable."

The Humane Society of the United States is working with the S.P.C.A. to nurse the horses back to health in Tyler. The society has provided more than $40,000 in the last week to care for the horses.

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