Hoffmans lose their appeal case for over 200 horses in Montgomery County Texas

We know many of you have been following this case closely. The appeals process is now over. Herman and Kathleen Hoffman will not have the over 200 horses that were in their care returned to them. 4 of the horses died due to the condition they were in, after they were removed from the Hoffman’s property. 75% of the horses were deemed chronically underweight. Now the Houston Humane Society can begin the process of delegating who can help care for these horses. ~ HfH

From: My Fox Houston
By: Greg Groogan

Neglected Horse Herd Stripped From Owners in Montgomery County

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Poorly fed and badly neglected – that’s how law officers, animal advocates and veterinarians described a herd of more than 200 mostly registered quarter horses seized from a Montgomery County breeder.

Since the June 24th raid the animals have been in the custody of the Houston SPCA receiving restorative care at a staggering cost.

“The boarding, the veterinary supplies the cost is close to $12,000 a day. It’s a true undue burden on the organization,” said Kathryn Mahoney of the SPCA.

Four of the horses could not rehabilitated and have been euthanized to end their suffering.

Today in a Montgomery County Courtroom Herman and Kathleen Hoffman sought return of the horses despite overwhelming evidence 75 percent of the animals were chronically underfed and all lacked the fundamental hoof care that’s needed to prevent crippling injury and pain.

Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright says the Hoffman’s ignored multiple warnings and rejected offers of aid.

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“They laid out plans for them to follow and try to get the horses in shape, but then the situation deteriorated to such an extent, especially when they doubled the number of horses on the property from 100 to over 200 hundred horses,” said J.D. Lambright, Montgomery County Attorney.

207 horses on a little more than 40 barren acres.

The evidence of willful neglect was simply too much to warrant a second chance from Judge Michael Seiler who severed the Hoffman’s rights to the herd and awarded permanent custody to the SPCA.

“Whether you have one horse or 200 horses you just need to do the right thing and take care of them, give them the right food and shelter they need and we won’t be involved,” said Lambright.

In addition to stripping the Hoffman’s of their herd Judge Seiler held the couple responsible for the cost horses care since the seizure. Total cost $480,000.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
11 Comments
  • Daryl

    they should lose the right to the horses to come back to them, should of taken care of them in the first place. This is abuse.

    July 31, 2015
  • MS

    (1) I hope & pray the SPCA gets huge donations — after all, the purpose of such an org. is to care for & protect animals — clearly, much is needed to care for these beautiful animals & I hope they get all the comfort, health & happiness that can be mustered; (2) It seems that it’s been difficult for the Hoffmans to care for these horses; why, in God’s name, would they want another crack at it? Did they come into money? expertise in medical care? What’s more, they were offered assistance on numerous occasions in the past, which they rejected! If I were in their shoes, I would’ve jumped at the opportunity for my horses to be helped; (3) what gives? (4) I want that each & every horse lands in a loving & caring environment; (5) I’m deeply sorry for the four horses who had to lose their chance at life.

    July 31, 2015
  • As it should be! The Judge said it so well. If you have one or two hundred horses,you have to give them enough food, water and shelter from the elements, and provide adequate every day care. So how can the BLM take into captivity some 60,000 horse and not provide those same nessesities??? Deb Rourke

    July 31, 2015
  • Sue carter

    Evil sobs

    July 31, 2015
  • Gail Wiot

    This is Justice for these horses. They should be barred from ever owning any type of equines. 200 head are a lot of horses to care for. In a way I’m glad they ignored the citations because now they are ALL confiscated and none will remain to be starved again!

    July 31, 2015
  • Mo28

    This is terrific news! They had their chance and they chose to abuse these beautifui and loving animals – they don’t get a second chance!
    The horses don’t ask for much, just some love and caring and kindness and that is what they deserve.
    These beautiful creatures should never suffer again – they should have never suffered in the first place.

    August 1, 2015
  • nikki

    Confiscate their land,sell it to help care for the horses! It’s only fair.

    August 1, 2015
  • Kimberly adam

    I am absolutely thrilled that those monsters lost their appeal…we were at the ranch in Hitchcock this morning doing our best to help….love our time at the ranch…

    August 1, 2015
  • Linda Brubaker

    Rascal’s Prayer. I pray that no horses ever suffer at the hands of humans.Humans that are indifferent to their needs and the kind spirits that they are.We are the custodians of these noble and trusting creatures. It is our responsibility to protect and preserve that trust we are so honored to have, that trust that allows us to harness their energy and spirit. God what a gift !

    August 1, 2015
  • Betsy Meier

    Thank goodness!! What’s happened to the cows and goats. I hope they took them also. Those people should have absolutely no animals.

    August 1, 2015
  • Mel

    Can the law put these people in jail for a long, long time with minimal food? Can these people be forbidden to ever own another animal of any type? We really need a national register of animal abusers, and the Huffmans’ names should be at the top of the list.

    August 3, 2015