POSTED: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 11:50am
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 9:26am
Longview, TX (Longview News-Journal) —
A Longview man was fined and jailed Wednesday on animal cruelty charges in connection with the seizure last week of an emaciated horse found wandering near Eastman Road.
Brian Fite appeared before Judge Arthur Fort during a hearing to decide whether Fite’s paint stallion would remain at Safe Haven Equine Rescue or be returned to its owner.
Fite told the judge he spends most of his time working out of town and had paid someone to feed and water the horse.
He also told the judge his horse was a prize-winning stallion that had won several ribbons at trail rides and rodeos.
But pictures presented in court showed anything but an award-winning horse.
The pictures were of a 600-pound stallion that experts said should’ve tipped the scales at more than 1,000 pounds.
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