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Twelve malnourished horses rescued

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

YANTIS, TX (KLTV) – Twelve malnourished horses are now being cared for after being rescued Friday morning in Wood County.

Authorities say multiple complaints of Animal Cruelty led to the seizure on CR 1987 in Yantis.

This is the second horse rescue in just three weeks in Wood County.

Rescuer Jennifer Williams of the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, says that one mare's emaciated body is heartbreaking, and could have been prevented.

"If you look around out here, there's no grass. There's very little hay, and what hay there is, is poor quality. They just need a lot of food," said Williams.

"Before you get to the point to where your horses are starving when you know you can't take care of them, when you know you can't feed them, that's when it's time to start looking for a home—not when they look like this," Williams says.

Rescuing horses is a long, tedious process, and unfortunately, Wood County authorities predict many more horse seizures to come.

"We are currently investigating more of these situations as far as seizures. I'm not really sure how many seizures we're going to be doing." Says Sgt. Kilan Polk, of the Wood County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Polk says the economy coupled with low horse prices has led to increase of animal cruelty reports. And the frigid winter has made tough situations even worse.

"This time of year is just rough. We've had a lot of extreme cold, colder than normal, so they need a lot more food than they normally would to keep their weight up," said Williams.

Food, and lots of attention is what Williams says these horses desperately need, and will get when they arrive to their new home.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the horse's owner.

Criminal charges of animal cruelty are pending.

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