Hearing to determine fate of seized horses

Vets, staff and volunteers nurses the horses through the night

24 hours after the seizure, the two horses that could not stand are both up and eating hay. Sometimes you simply have to believe in miracles. These two were as close to death as you can get. Lots of fluids, lots of meds and a great vet team gave them a boost, but the prayers and hopes of all of us gave them back their life. Remember to share the news about what we do by liking and sharing our Facebook page. ~ Jerry & HfH

From: Galveston Daily News
By: Christopher Smith Gonzalez

Sick horses improving

Sick horses improving
The rib cage can be seen on one of the five seized horses now being cared for at Habitat for Horses in Hitchcock on Wednesday. Five horses were seized in Texas City on Tuesday.

TEXAS CITY — A hearing date has been set for the case of five malnourished horses seized from a West Texas City stable.

The two sickest horses — which were in critical condition after being seized Tuesday — made it through the night and were in better condition Wednesday.

One of the horses, a palomino mare, was standing, while the other, a bay mare, had gotten up for a short period but was still on the ground Wednesday afternoon.

The young horses were among five seized Tuesday by Texas City animal control officers. Three of the horses, while in poor shape, were well enough to be taken to the Habitat for Horses facility in Hitchcock.

A hearing to determine whether the horses had been treated cruelly or abandoned was set for 9 a.m. Tuesday before Justice of Peace Darrell Apffel at 2516 Texas Ave. in Texas City.

Police launched the investigation after animal control officers seized the horses from a stable 800 block of North Orchid near the Kohfeldt Park riding arena. Two of the horses were carried out on sleds and taken to Santa Fe Equine Associates for care.

rescueday2aThe horses were 300 to 400 pounds underweight, and their body temperature was low. They looked as if they had not been properly cared for in months, the veterinarians who treated them said.

Dr. Michelle C. Milton said the two mares were in critical condition Tuesday and that the first night under care would be critical.

“I’m extremely pleased,” Milton said Wednesday afternoon.

She was treating the horses’ eyes with antibiotic and antifungal ointments to help deal the ulcerations of the eyes caused by dirt. The two were still receiving fluids and were still dealing with low body temperatures.

Milton stayed with the horses overnight. She said that when the horses were still alive early Wednesday morning, she knew they were fighters.

Both horses were helped to their feet around 10 a.m.

Dr. Dennis W. Jenkins said the fact that the horses were young would help in their recovery. While the horses were doing better, they were still not out of the woods, Jenkins said.

“You’ve got to be real slow about getting them where you want them to be,” he said. He said it could be about six months before they recover fully.

“That was pretty amazing that they made it through the night,” said Susan Moore, lead investigator for Habitat for Horses.

The rescue organization got a tip about the horses and passed it on to Texas City police.

The horses will stay in the Habitat for Horses facility until the judge’s ruling, Moore said. The judge could give the organization permanent custody.

The three other horses, all three males, were at the Habitat for Horses facility in Hitchcock.

rescueday2b“They are obviously emaciated horses,” Moore said of the two sorrels and one miniature.

All the horses were suffering from rain rot or dermatophilus, a mixed bacterial and fungal skin infection. Their necks were sunken in, and the ribs and hip bones of the sorrels were clearly jutting out. The younger of the sorrels had an enlarged stomach, a condition likely caused by parasites, Moore said.

While malnourished, the three males were doing well Wednesday and were being given hay and water, Moore said.

And while cautious about the outlook for the two horses in the worst condition, Jenkins said the first night was a good first step.

“The fact that they are still alive is a wonderful blessing,” he said.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Jerry, Thank you once again for continuing your mission of rescue and healing for those with no voice. Thoughts, prayers and blessings being sent to you & your team at HfH, from Katie and I and our herd in SC.

    January 9, 2014
  • Sue

    Thanks to everyone at HfH for helping these horses. Its really awful when a MINI is starved!!
    I can only imagine that “pass the buck” will be heard from the stable owner and the owner of these horses.

    January 9, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    How wonderful that these horses made it through the night – looking at them makes that almost impossible to believe. All of your hard work is so appreciated – not only by these horses but by all of us who care. Cannot imagine there will be much doubt that they were “cruelly treated or abandoned” – anyone with any compassion or ability to SEE can tell they were. Will be very interested to see the results of the hearing. Thank you all…

    January 9, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    hOW WONDERFUL YOU ARE I will be able to help a little soon don’t know when but that is alot of work & blessoings to you alol

    January 9, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    im sorry im so upset about what the Government did this week to the wild horses I can’t even see or sleep as far as that goes

    January 9, 2014
  • Carole Ann Pujazon

    I am very blessed to work at the Habitat for Horses and I spent a good part of today working with two of the males that were seized on Tuesday and admitted to our ranch yesterday. They are sweet, loving fellows that are very malnourished and weak and they could sure use your prayers. We are always looking for loving volunteers to work not only with these fellows but all of our 200+ equines. if you would like to become a volunteer, please drop me an email and i’ll walk you through the process, capujaz@gmailcom

    January 9, 2014
  • David

    Has anyone even know who owned these horses? Has anyone spoken to this person. They speak of 5, but only hear mostly of the two mares, a couple of sentences of the sorrels, but nothing of the miniature. Why is that? How can a report be published one sided. Isn’t that irresponsible on both reporter and editor.

    January 9, 2014
    • jfinch

      David – Don’t know how much you are aware of the law, but this is a criminal case and we do not discuss the actors or details until the trial is completed. That is the rule is each and every case. If you look back at the newspaper reports, all five horses have pictures. Not sure what point you are trying to make. – Jerry

      January 10, 2014
  • David

    I truly can understand how someone can be passionate about such heart breaking stories such as this. It’s the same as when you see a story on TV about a child or an elderly person. They always start off strong and load then once the truth is out, the story dies. Whats worse is that there’s never an apology to the so called Abuser/the one at fault.

    January 9, 2014