Animal rescue team saves 50 horses from Lindale property
POSTED: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 4:03pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 4:04pm
UPDATE: KETK crews say they have spotted skeletal remains of at least 12 horses on this property. In addition, there are at least three horse carcasses on the land.
KETK has a reporter and photographer on the way to the horse rescue, and will bring you more pictures and information as it becomes available. Humane Society officials say the rescue is progress right now, and they expect to be at the scene for several more hours.
From the Humane Society:
LINDALE, Texas. — 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. An investigator with the Smith County District Attorney’s office served a seizure warrant to the owner of the horses Tuesday evening, allowing the rescuers to remove the horses Wednesday. Many of the horses on site were severely emaciated and showed signs of neglect.
"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."
When rescuers arrived on the 70-acre Smith County property they found mostly quarter horses-types. The group also included several yearlings and pregnant mares. Many of the horses were extremely emaciated and suffering from a variety of medical ailments including overgrown hooves and parasite infestation. Rescuers also found several dead horses and numerous equine skeletons on the scene.
Local law enforcement was alerted to this critical situation by the SPCA of East Texas who then called in The HSUS to act as the lead animal welfare organization in the rescue mission. Invaluable sheltering and logistics assistance was also provided by Smith County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas State Fairgrounds.
Rescuers are removing all of the horses from the property and transporting them to a temporary shelter. Once the horses reach the shelter they will be checked by a team of veterinarians and given any necessary immediate medical care. The horses will be cared for at the shelter until their custody is determined.