POSTED: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 3:18pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 4:40pm
Tuesday, in response to a cruelty complaint, SPCA of East Texas Cruelty Investigator, Roy Linn located a pony reportedly in serious condition near an oil & gas lease compressor station. Oil field workers reported the animal had “been out there for years”. This morning, Justice of the Peace Sue Starnes signed a court order for the seizure of the animal and set a hearing for next Wednesday, September 8th in Precinct 3 in Chandler. At that time, the alleged owner will be given an opportunity to present his explanation for why this animal has been so neglected.
The SPCA of East Texas has hired a ferrier to begin working on the animal’s feet tomorrow and a vet to fully assess the pony’s condition. Hopefully, the pony will be able to stand and be loaded for transporting to a foster home for rehabilitation and further medical attention. The SPCA of East Texas, with the help of Constable David Grubbs, Pct 3 in Chandler, will be pursuing cruelty and neglect charges against the owner along with full restitution for all medical and ferrier expenses incurred.
The SPCA of East Texas is now receiving numerous calls each day on the recently established cruelty hotline 903-596-SPCA. It is already apparent that many citizens in East Texas sincerely care about the way our animals are treated.