Video: Update: More than 200 horses removed from Hoffman property

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.

starving_conroe_horseHOUSTON (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.”

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Gail Wiot

    This was the best thing for the horses. But please remember horses are resiliant. As a past hooved investigator I have seen horses in such ba shape that accompanying officers feared thatma Horse could fall on me on the way to the trailer of freedom. When they have the WILL, you must give them the chance! How the one mare jumped into the trailer was beyond belief. The vet felt euthanasia was the only way. I and the other investigator fought for her. He let us have our way and said he would give her some time. When she arrived at the clinic she was put into a sling where she stayed for about 2 months as she recovered. As the months passed she got stronger and stronger. She finally regained her weight and was that beautiful Pinto mare once more. My girlfriend adopted her and later completed a 100 mile ride. Her will to survive was amazing and I will never forget her. To this day, I will go to the line for each and every Horse because their hearts are pure and true.

    June 27, 2015
    • jfinch

      Our Anderson sling is a true lifesaver. We have a skinny in it now because she could no longer stand. She just needed a little help and will prob ably be let out tomorrow.

      June 27, 2015
  • Sue Sefscik

    My local rescue uses the sling all the time. She rescued a 25 year old+ pony mare who couldn’t stand. She is still fragile, but in very good spirits and loving.

    June 27, 2015
  • Debbie Stoutamire

    I never thought I would see a horse that was in the shape that Jeb was when he came to the Habitat. but these horses are beyone emaciated. I do hope that these two sub humans are charged with felony animal abuse. There is a special place in hell waiting for these two, and a special place in Heaven – hopefully not soon, for the horses who were rescued.

    June 27, 2015
  • Callie

    Thank goodness for HFH! These poor horses are now going to get the best of care and love. I rescue Horses and other animals which is why I cannot donate to HFH but if I could I would!


    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
  • Daryl

    It sedans my heart to see so many in trouble, comes a time you have to ask for help or get them homes or other places to stay that can feed them right, and get them medical help. So sorry for the abuse to these quiet voiceless creatures.

    June 27, 2015
  • Margo Nielsen

    I noticed that the Hoffmans are not doing without food!

    June 27, 2015
  • LNorman

    3 counts of cruelty? 200 suffering horses. Not right.

    June 28, 2015
  • Maggie Frazier

    I realize it takes time with these rescues – but over a YEAR? It does sound like there needs to be some investigation into why there was nothing done last October. The main thing tho is to get these horses the care they need.

    June 28, 2015
  • Sick pair! 3 counts of cruelty each! More like 300 each! Surely there would be more than one in lots of instances?,get them charged properly! These horses deserve justice, each and every one of them! And all those they’ve killed prior!

    June 29, 2015