Video: Ranch owners taken into custody during investigation into horse neglect

Finally justice has begun to be served in the Conroe horse abuse investigation at Premium Star Ranch. Both the ranch owner and his wife – Herman and Kathleen Hoffman, were taken into custody for multiple accounts of animal cruelty. Up to 180 horses were rescued. ~ HfH

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Several horses removed from Conroe ranch after owners arrested

From: Click 2 Houston

The Houston SPCA transported about two dozen horses to its Houston shelter for treatment for neglect. The horses are part of a herd of just over 200 horses seized by Montgomery County Wednesday and Thursday.

The owners, Herman and Kathleen Hoffman, were jailed on multiple counts of animal cruelty Wednesday night, and are each being held on $30,000 bond.

Most of the animals transported Thursday showed signs of malnutrition. Some had open wounds and overgrown hooves. All of the horses seized at the Premium Star Ranch will require veterinarian care, vaccination, and grooming, according to SPCA director Patty Mercer.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Sue Sefscik

    The prosecutor needs to charge Hoffman with animal abuse which is a felony.

    June 26, 2015
    • Finally, someone gets time for abusing horses!!!!!!

      June 26, 2015
  • Barbara Scott


    June 26, 2015
  • Margo Nielsen

    Finally! Some action by law enforcement!

    June 26, 2015
  • Donna

    Both the Hoffmans need to be in prison and made to go and take care of animals (and be watched) as their prison job. If they abuse those animals while they are in prison. Both the Hoffmans should be put to death. It’s about time we started eliminating the problem instead of just coping with it.

    June 26, 2015
  • Why do people want so many horses that they can’t take care of properly? I just don’t understand this. The owners don’t look like they have missed any meals and of course they had to play the “we need medical attention” ploy. What about all those poor horses that never got medical attention. If it had been up to me those owners wouldn’t have gotten ambulances called for them. Let them suffer the way those poor neglected horses did. At least some of the people that worked there turned them in. It should have happened sooner though.

    June 26, 2015
  • Debbie Roscoe

    Thank you Habitat For Horses your hearts are always in the right place when it comes to horses and children. If I still lived in Houston I would be right there volunteering my time to help with anything I could. Many thank you’s go out to all of you who were there for the horses. To me this is how I perceive horses. Magnificent, beautiful, wonderful companions and your best friend. Share this if you will but this to me is how I wish all people felt about horses and our children of tomorrow. They just belong together. Once again I am thankful for all the efforts of such kindness and human compassion being given to each and every horse rescued. Respectfully Debbie Roscoe.. I will never give up the fight for our horses until each one is safe.

    June 26, 2015
  • Maggie Frazier

    How is it that this former employee knows these animals were mistreated etc back in 2008?
    That’s SEVEN years ago! And didn’t say anything or report this before now? Why do these people come out of the woodwork after the fact – when they did nothing & knew whats going on.
    This certainly SHOULD be a felony!

    June 27, 2015
  • MS

    The needless suffering to put these horses through is absurd, it’s irrational, it’s unconscionable, it’s truly insane! Not to reach out for help marks the minds of people who aren’t thinking — starting with the basics, we all NEED food, all of us — to go on days on end, weeks on end, without feeding these horses is NUTS! I do NOT understand! What we need are third-party independent horse inspectors! Every month, they travel from property to property for the sole purpose of checking up on the horses. How else do we prevent such cruel and mindless tragedies — I’m thankful for those horses who will make it — they got lucky — but my heart breaks for those who needlessly died due to neglect and blindness on the part of the idiot humans.

    June 27, 2015