Update on Galveston Island Horse Seizure Jan 31st 2015
Unfortunately one of the 28 horses that Habitat for Horses was awarded by the courts yesterday has passed on over the Rainbow Bridge. Medical care had been given but too late for this one. Jerry Finch, Habitat for Horse’s President stayed along side until the last breath. For now we grieve. Tomorrow we will post a poem by Smokey Culver. Regarding the poem, Smokey said on Facebook “Ranch foreman Thom asked me to write a poem to tell a bit about what we deal with when losing one, in spite of all our efforts.” It is difficult for all of us – even those who attend these deaths on a regular basis – to deal with the experience. Each life is precious. ~ HfH
From: The Houston ChronicleGALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Southeast Texas woman who operates a riding business has given up ownership of more than two dozen horses seized in a neglect investigation.
The Galveston County Daily News (http://bit.ly/1yY7Qwm ) reports Terri Glenn did not fight to retain the animals.
A rescue group, Habitat for Horses, on Friday was granted custody of the 26 horses and two mules.
Glenn was ordered to pay about $7,000 for care of the animals since they were removed from her property on Jan. 21. Glenn, who owns S-n-G Horseback Riding, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to livestock animals.
Experts determined the animals were malnourished. Rescuers hope the horses and mules can recover and eventually be made available for adoption.
Glenn declined comment.
The prosecutor needs to charge the abuser with FELONY. Animal abuse is a felony in all 50 states; the prosecutor needs to charge it!
My heart breaks whenever I hear that a horse dies because of some Humans abuse , needless senseless death of an innocent horse,the worse part is why oh why didnt she ask for help ?????? And Sue is right it is a felony in all 50 States, and it is the responsibility of every Law enforcer and the Courts to deal with this to the full entent of the Law…. PROSECUTE her ………….
I feel so sorry …. so sorry for horses, for animals, who are under the supposed care of people who don’t know, who don’t care … the needless negligence is beyond the pale … I just hope these sweeties suffered as little as possible … thank you to all who hung in there …
misdemeanor??? Why are these abusers not being charged with at least ONE felony? Especially when this is a repeat abuser. I find it real hard to believe that there are people going there to ride these poor animals! Apparently there is no attempt to prevent the same people from repeating this abusing.
Maggie – Every state law is different. In Texas, we deal with two separate laws – one is civil and one criminal. The civil law, under which these horses were seized, is a decision by the court that these animals were cruelly treated, and the animals are removed from the owner. The second law related to criminal. The first two counts of criminal animal abuse in Texas are misdemeanors for animals that were denied food, necessary medical care, etc. Only on the THIRD charge can it become a state jail felony. In this particular case, the court has not ruled as to guilt and will not until some time next month