“To all owners of horses or any other animal for that matter…if you can’t feed or treat any injury they have…PLEASE tell your local animal shelter; so that they can try to help you out before it gets too late!! If you don’t, then just do us all a favour & go take a long walk off a very short pier; because you are using up valuable tax payers money to get you prosecuted!! Seriously…there is no excuse or shame in opening your gobs & asking for help, that’s presuming you actually care about animals, in the first place!!”
They were alerted to the animal’s plight after a woman reported finding it wandering in the road late Friday, near the intersection of McCarver Street and Eastman Road.
Nancy Garwood noticed the paint horse as she returned home from work about midnight.
The horse lover keeps tack in the trunk of her car, so she stopped, got a lead rope and approached the frightened animal.
“I got out and he let me carry him with the rope,” Garwood said.
She called police who helped take the stallion back to the property located in the 200 block of McCarver Street.
Emaciated Horse Seized In Longview
Published on 3 Jun 2013
Animal control officers seized a horse from its owner in South Longview Monday afternoon.
“That horse escaped to tell us his story,” Garwood said. “He escaped to tell us he was back here with no food and no water.”
Richard Fincher, executive director for Safe Haven Equine Rescue Center, said the horse had been tied to a tree without feed, grass, shelter or water and was severely underweight.
“He’s got a body weight of one. On a scale of one to nine, that’s about as low as you can go without death,” Fincher said.
He said the horse would be taken to a veterinarian for a medical examination.
Fincher and Garwood estimated the horse to be about 10 years old, and Fincher said it is not clear how long it had been since the horse had been fed.
Garwood said finding the horse created a bond — one she hopes will lead to her adopting the animal.
“Once he is rehabilitated and they put weight on him and get him his shots, I would love to take him, she said.
But Fincher said Safe Haven Equine Rescue operates under a rule that prevents them from placing animals in homes in the same county in which the animal was seized.
He said the DA’s office was preparing to file a charge of animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor.
“We’ve got two bad situations here. The condition of the horse and he was out in the road where he could’ve caused a terrible accident,” Crittenden said.
“He got out because he was searching for food and water.”
Shane Johnson, who was visiting a neighbor nearby, said he didn’t know the name of the horse’s owner but had seen the owner with the horse Monday morning.
“They feed him, but they don’t give him enough, I can tell you that,” Johnson said. “I’ve fed his horse myself. I’ve given him a whole bale of hay.”
Johnson said he didn’t notice the horse’s condition since the last time he fed him and never contacted authorities.
“That horse turned him (the owner) in when he went down there on Eastman Road,” Johnson said.
Crittenden said cases involving neglected horses are not common but it happens frequently enough that his office makes sure people know they will be charged if they do not take care of their animals.
“These cases will be prosecuted,” he said.