32 horses seized during welfare check, evidence of neglect and cruelty found

32 horses seized during welfare check, evidence of neglect and cruelty found

ANDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - From the Anderson County's Sheriff Office:

On Monday, 07.02.18, Anderson County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Deputy, Jimmy Chambers, checked the welfare of some horses located on a property in Anderson County.  Deputy Chambers found that a large number of horses on the property appeared to be malnutrition and neglected.  Multiple horse carcasses and horse remains were also discovered on the property.   Deputy Chambers has been working an active investigation on the welfare of the horse in accordance with the Health and Safety Code, Chapter 821, Treatment of Animals.  Evidence displayed passive cruelty treatment and established probable cause for the horse to be seized. 

On Tuesday 07.03.18 Anderson County Sheriff's Office Animal Control with the assistance of CID Investigators executed a seizure warrant to seize approximately thirty two (32) horses from the property.  The seizure warrant was issued by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace, James Sharp; all horses on the property were seized.  The owner of the horses was served with written notification of a hearing that will determine the disposition of the horses.    The horses are currently being housed and provided for at a location affiliated with the Anderson County Human Society to ensure their protection and well-being pending the court's disposition.   

 An active investigation is currently being conducted to determine if criminal charges of Cruelty to Livestock Animals will be brought against the owner of the horses in accordance with Penal Code Chapter 42 Statute 42.09. 

The owner of the horses does not reside in Anderson County.  

Animals are protected by laws at the federal, state and local level.  Investigations are conducted on all cases of possible Animal Cruelty that are reported to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.  The Anderson County Sheriff's encourages anyone that has knowledge of an animal being abused, neglected or tortured to make a report to help ensure the safety and protection of all animals in Anderson County. 

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