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Officials seize livestock from Longview property after complaints of animal neglect

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 6:28am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 7:21am

Two horses and two calves were seized Monday afternoon from a northwest Longview property after city officials said neighbors grew tired of feeding them.

“They felt compassion for the animals and after seeing they were neglected, they stepped up,” said Buck Farrar, environmental health supervisor for the city of Longview. “You could tell by looking at these animals it wasn’t just a few days without food. This was a chronic problem that was going on for days.”

Richard Fincher, executive director of Safe Haven Equine Rescue, said the animals’ pen was not stocked with food or water.

“There’s no hay, nothing really for them to feed on. The water trough, I took pictures of it, and it’s empty,” he said.

Farrar said neighbors called the Animal Control Office and officers obtained a warrant for seizure of all animals, including two dogs, on the property in the 3400 block of Brent Road.

“They (neighbors) felt like there was welfare issues with the animals being neglected and underweight,” Fincher said. “You can see it’s pretty obvious they’ve been abused.”

Click here to read the full report by KETK's newspaper partners, The Longview News-Journal.

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