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Community pulls together to care for 14 seized horses

Released by The SPCA of East Texas:

TROUP, TX (KLTV) - On August 25, 14 horses were rescued in Troup.  With no local shelter, the small community has pulled together to help with this huge undertaking. Animal Control Officer Lonnie Petty was aided in the seizure by Officer David Biggs, Officer Kyle Stowers, Mayor John Whitsell and Smith County Constable's Deputy Captain Donn Rust with assistance from Troup City Administrator Jed Dillingham and the backing of the SPCA of East Texas.

The skeletal remains of a horse that died of dehydration were found in the thick mud next to the pond on the property. The remaining horses were evaluated by veterinarian Dr. James O'Bryan who found all but one to be malnourished and dehydrated. Troup High School's FFA students have been providing supportive care to the horses who await a hearing on Monday, September 26 at 9:00am before Judge James Meredith to decide if they will be returned to their former circumstances or awarded to the City of Troup to be rehabilitated and rehomed.

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