Breaking News: (Video) Horses confiscated from Hockley veterinarian’s property

Over thirty horses have been confiscated from a Texas veterinarian. It is amazing that someone in the profession of helping animals could possibly neglect / abuse horses! ~ HfH

By Kaitlin McCulley

HOCKLEY (KTRK) — More than 30 horses have been confiscated from the property of a licensed veterinarian in Hockley.

abusedhorseswallerThe Waller County District Attorney’s Office issued a search warrant allowing Kathie Digilio’s horses to be taken from her property to receive medical assessments and care. A felony warrant has been issued for Digilio’s arrest, but no criminal charges have been filed.

For neighbors along Hegar road, this is a day they’ve been waiting for.

“Just the condition of these horses has been really bad,” Christin McCumber said, “Just really, really bony. It’s pretty horrendous to watch it.”

Volunteers with True Blue Animal Rescue worked all day Friday, loading horses into trailers and taking them to foster homes.

“There’s young babies mixed in the same group,” Melanie Deaeth with True Blue Animal Rescue said, “And of course, what happens is there’s not enough feed for all of them, so the stronger ones push the weaker ones out and don’t let them eat. So there’s not enough feed for them and that’s why you get the variation in condition.”

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
5 Comments
  • Marcia Mueller/ahimsaforever

    I hope there will be criminal charges. There shouldn’t the usual excuses of lack of money or knowledge. Recently a veterinarian in Texas shot a cat in the head with an arrow. Both cases disgusting.

    July 11, 2015
  • Bruce W. Menke

    I sure hope there is something more that we were not seeing in that video. The neighbors talked about how malnourished and ribby the horses were. Of the dozens of horses seen in the video, I only saw one that looked a little thin, and that probably a 3 on the scale. Nearly all those horses on the video were at least a 4 and many 5s. Where horses ought to be. 7s are overweight and could be considered abuse, as well.

    If this confiscation is for malnourishment, I fear there might not be much of a case. Crying wolf when there is no wolf is a sure way for the public to ignore our pleas. There are a lot of malnourished horses out there, unfortunately and we can not afford to alienate the public unnecessarily. I also understand that you don’t want to wait until they are a 1 and near death. But from what I could see on the video, these weren’t near that. They looked well fed. The Conroe group two week ago definitely were dangerously malnourished.

    TV video is not always the best. As I wrote, I hope there is more than what that video shows for the sake of confiscation, … but then again, for the horses sake, I hope they were as well fed as the video seems to suggest.

    July 11, 2015
  • Maggie Frazier

    I agree with Bruce – I’ve had the impression from HFH that the horses that they rescue are always examined & checked out (bloodwork etc and body score) BEFORE they are removed. These horses aren’t fat – but fat isn’t healthy either! If this isn’t a case of abuse – I feel sorry for this vet(owner).

    July 12, 2015
    • jfinch

      This was not a HfH seizure.

      July 12, 2015
      • Maggie Frazier

        Sorry – didn’t make that clear! I meant that from all I have read about HFH – that those were the requirements that all rescues did before animals were removed. I understood this had nothing to do with HFH, Jerry.
        My fingers were faster than my brain apparently!

        July 12, 2015