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June 21, 2013

Two horses in Springtown seized in reported neglect case

Officers say Arabian stallion badly malnourished, dehydrated and injured

SPRINGTOWN – Parker County Sheriff’s Office animal control officers responded to a call in the 3000 block of Agnes Circle in Springtown Wednesday after a concerned citizen reported a horse had injured itself by attempting to jump through the fence and had wandering onto her property.

 

Animal control officers discovered a gray Arabian stallion that they said was obviously malnourished, dehydrated and had suffered multiple scrapes and several deep cuts that were infected.

 

The horse was immediately transported to a local veterinarian for treatment. The horse’s condition was considered extreme due to its injuries and malnourished state. Veterinarian staff reported the horse, dubbed “Sam,” is expected to survive but is on antibiotics and medications to manage its pain.

 

Animal control officers discovered Sam had escaped from a nearby property, where another horse was located. Officers obtained a warrant for the property and seized the second horse, a black gelding, nick-named “Jack,” for safe keeping.

 

Jack will undergo a veterinarian’s evaluation today and is suspected to be slightly malnourished. Jack was discovered with cacti embedded in his facial area, but was not otherwise injured. Jack does not appear to be as malnourished as Sam.

 

Officers reported the property where the horses were located had only a single rotten bale of hay. The only water source on the property was a small stock tank that was very low and appeared stagnant.

 

At this time, no one has come forward to claim either horse. Animal control officers are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying Sam and Jack and their possible owners. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at (817) 594-8845.

 

Sheriff Larry Fowler said this is the second horse neglect case within a week.

 

“We can not stress the importance of taking proper care of animals,” Fowler said. “The heat of summer requires extra care and attention which horses need. We caution all animal owners to provide adequate food, shelter and a constant clean water source for all animals.”

 

Sheriff Fowler also encourages the public to contact authorities if animal neglect is suspected.

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