Herman and Kathleen Hoffman, the couple in Conroe, Texas who have been charged with multiple counts of animal abuse, have bonded out of jail but are not allowed back on their property. Here is an ABC News update. ~ HfH
From: ABC News 13
Inside Conroe horse “Nightmare” after massive animal seizure.
HOUSTON (KTRK) — The Houston SPCA and Montgomery County authorities were back at the Calico Dairy in Conroe Thursday to round up horses they believe to be in the worst shape after authorities seized 200 horses.
Husband-and-wife farm owners Herman and Kathleen Hoffman are each charged with three counts of animal cruelty. They were arrested late last night and bonded out jail today. However, even though they bonded out of jail, they are not permitted back on the property. Officers will be at the farm around-the-clock to make sure they don’t try to take any of the horses or tamper with evidence.
Houston SPCA on the scene today removed horses in the worst condition and fed the rest mounds of hay. The horses Eyewitness News saw fed for hours.
Houston SPCA says they hope this will be the start of a new life for these animals.
Horses are starved to death in some cases. Flies swarmed around some of the animals’ open wounds. President of the Houston SPCA Patricia Mercer told Eyewitness News, “When you get to a point when you don’t have any muscle mass left, it’s really hard to stand.”
“We have over 200 horses and we are going to be doing blood work, diagnostics on these horses, farrier work,” Mercer continued. “Horses should have their feet trimmed every six weeks. Many of these horses it’s likely that they’ve never had their feet trimmed. They’re in very bad condition.”