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Officers rescue 5 horses from stable; 2 could not stand
From: Galveston Daily News
By T.J. Aulds and Christopher Smith Gonzalez
TEXAS CITY — Police launched an animal cruelty investigation after city animal control officers seized five abandoned horses from a stable in West Texas City on Tuesday. Two of the horses were in such poor shape they had to be carried out on sleds and taken to an equine veterinarian in Santa Fe.
Officer Randall Johnson, who manages Texas City’s animal control officers, said the two horses taken to the veterinarian were so malnourished they could not stand. The three other horses seized from the stable Tuesday were “severely malnourished” and were taken to the Habitat for Horses rescue organization’s facility in Hitchcock.
Johnson said someone called in a report of abandoned horses to Habitat for Horses. The organization in turn got in touch with Texas City police, who sent animal control officers to a stable in the 800 block of North Orchid near the Kohfeldt Park riding arena.
“We had to implement an emergency seizure the horses were in such bad shape,” Johnson said.
Johnson said the stable owner leased the space to someone else and was unaware of the deplorable conditions of the horses. The stable owner also leases stables to other horse owners.
The two sickest horses were taken to Santa Fe Equine Associates and were being treated by veterinarians Dr. Dennis W. Jenkins and Dr. Michelle C. Milton, Johnson said.
“They are extremely critical,” Milton said Tuesday night. “Their prognosis is grave to poor at this point.”
As it grew colder Tuesday night, Milton was trying to find more blankets for the horses to help bring their body temperatures up.
“The main thing tonight is going to be getting them warmer,” Milton said.
The horses each only weighed about 500 to 550 pounds but should weigh about 800 to 950 pounds and should each be about four inches taller, Milton said.
Jerry Finch, president and founder of Habitat for Horses, said the horses were likely only a 1 to 11⁄2 years old and their body temperature was only about 96 or 97 degrees, while a normal horse has a body temperature of 101.
Milton said she would be staying with the horses all night long and rolling them over every four to six hours to keep pressure on the nerves in the front and back legs.
She said ideally she would like to see them up within the next 24 hours but once a horse goes down, it can be very difficult to get them back up.
“Tonight is going to be critical,” Milton said.